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The Economies of Cities and Regions (ABPL90246)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90246
Semester 1
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This subject explores planning and policy making for productive and competitive urban settlements by investigating the economic drivers, activities, and interrelationships of cities and regions. You will examine how making and moving of goods, services, and jobs shapes the vitality, structure and governance of cities and regions. Complex planning issues, requiring judgements about the competing demands of economic development and social needs, are associated with the growth and decline of sectors and places in their particular urban contexts. Various economic perspectives and examples are used to show and interpret how urban activities and sectors – such as manufacturing, transport, services, recreation, and creative activities – have locational and network impacts within and between cities. Special attention will be paid to comparative analysis and innovation in developing cities and regions, and to the implications of market failures and inequalities produced by economic development activities.

Intended learning outcomes

The subject aims are that on completion of the subject, students will be confident and competent in:

  • Understanding the foundation and development of economic activities in cities and regions;
  • Understanding basic principles, priorities, and pitfalls of economic analysis;
  • Appropriately analysing the social and equity outcomes of economic development agendas and plans;
  • Developing justifiable planning responses to (un)desirable changes in urban economic activities.

Generic skills

Generic skills developed through completion of this subject:

  • Select and summarise topical events and relevant literature using appropriate academic conventions.
  • Effectively communicate key ideas and analysis in putting forward a clear and defensible position.

Last updated: 13 August 2019