Cities and Regions

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cities and Regions

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Development Studies, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Public Policy Studies, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEOG1020 or GEOG1030 or EMGT1020/ENVS1004

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Australian cities and regions are transforming and there is heated political debate about their future course. GEOG2080 examines the economic, social and cultural dynamics of cities and regions, and contemporary shifts in the theories through which we understand them. The course draws on a series of case studies of Australian and international cities, regions, industries, communities and policies to explain patterns of urban and regional growth and decline, change and continuity. Topics covered include: urban economic and socio-cultural diversity; changing urban form; sustainable urban and regional development; policy challenges for the management of urban; and regional growth and decline.
    1. A grounding in the patterns and problems of urban and regional development and management
    2. An understanding of the processes driving urban and regional economic, social and cultural transformation at a range of scales
    3. An introductory understanding of a variety of theoretical approaches from which to investigate and evaluate urban and regional patterns, problems and processes
    4. Developed of a range of skills and methods relevant to geographical enquiry and communication which are transferable to other course and employment areas. These include: critical analysis and evaluation of data sources (including policy documents and statistical measures of urban and regional development); the interpretation of field observations; and the presentation of material including report writing and essay writing
    Patterns of urban social and cultural diversity/inequality
    Socio-spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage
    Urban ethnicity: patterns and representations
    Gender and sexuality in the city
    Urban development and urban form
    Changing city form
    The politics of urban development
    Urban housing and social change
    Urban planning and policy
    Constructing urban planning
    Responding to urban change
    Regional development and change
    Non-metropolitan regions
    Growth and decline in 'the regions'
    Theorising regional change
    Regional policy
    Changing approaches to regional policy
    Dealing with uneven development in regional areas
    Sustainable regional economies and communities
    Regional diversity
    Social groups in rural places
    Indigenous people and non-metropolitan spaces
    GEOG1020 or GEOG1030 or EMGT1020/ENVS1004 Students enrolled in the B Arts - Human Geography and the Environment Major must have successfully completed GEOG1020.
    Formal Examination: Final Examination
    Report: Field Report
    Essay: Essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.