|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject 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 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
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
- 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 coordinator Hyungmin Kim Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 1 x 2 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
Recommended texts and other resources
Arthur O'Sullivan (2011). Urban Economics, 8th Edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.