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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Quiz 1 (one hour, equivalent to 500 words), due week 4 (10%);
  • Report (2000 words), due week 6 (35%);
  • Quiz 2 (one hour, equivalent to 500 words), due week 11 (10%);
  • Field paper (2000 words), due week 12 (35%);
  • Subject participation: participation will be assessed by (1) attendance in tutorials; (2) engagement in reading discussions, lectures and tutorial activities (10%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorHyungmin Kim
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 13 August 2019