Cities and Regions
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Australian Culture, Development Studies, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Public Policy Studies, Urban Studies and Planning
Taught In English
PrerequisitesGEOG1020 or GEOG1030 or EMGT1020/ENVS1004
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAustralian 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.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. A grounding in the patterns and problems of urban and regional development and management2. An understanding of the processes driving urban and regional economic, social and cultural transformation at a range of scales3. An introductory understanding of a variety of theoretical approaches from which to investigate and evaluate urban and regional patterns, problems and processes4. 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 writingCONTENTPatterns of urban social and cultural diversity/inequalitySocio-spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantageUrban ethnicity: patterns and representationsGender and sexuality in the cityUrban development and urban formChanging city formThe politics of urban developmentUrban housing and social changeUrban planning and policyConstructing urban planningResponding to urban changeRegional development and changeNon-metropolitan regionsGrowth and decline in 'the regions'Theorising regional changeRegional policyChanging approaches to regional policyDealing with uneven development in regional areasSustainable regional economies and communitiesRegional diversitySocial groups in rural placesIndigenous people and non-metropolitan spacesASSUMED KNOWLEDGEGEOG1020 or GEOG1030 or EMGT1020/ENVS1004 Students enrolled in the B Arts - Human Geography and the Environment Major must have successfully completed GEOG1020.ASSESSMENT ITEMSFormal Examination: Final ExaminationReport: Field ReportEssay: Essay
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