Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module aims to provide the opportunity for students from wide discipline bases who may wish to, or already work in regional agencies and governance organisations (UK and overseas) to focus on the nature of economic and social development within place based settings. It should also equip them with practical management skills and facilitate higher-level conceptual attainment and allow them the opportunity to engage with academics and practitioners to share best practice.


  • The historical and contemporary context of regionalism and regional policy: the era of competitiveness and imperative to attract FDI.
  • Theories of place and the economics of regeneration.
  • The European dimension of regeneration: governance issues, social and economic disparities and regional labour markets.
  • Multi-agency approaches to local and regional development and the role of civic entrepreneurship.
  • Regeneration in practice: learning from best practice.
  • Boosterism, and place marketing: the role of art, sport, tourism, culture and heritage in regeneration.
  • Business support, small firms and social entrepreneurship.
  • Comparative regional development and management: drawing on research from other states.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • have an insight into the distinctive and complex character of strategic management in regional contexts, and an understanding of the evolving social, economic, political and competitive environment in which regeneration professionals make decisions.
  • have developed a critical awareness of the issues and challenges facing managers in regional agencies/organisations.
  • have a critical appreciation of the distinctive nature of local and regional, social and economic development, both in the UK and overseas.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • be able to critically compare and evaluate the ways in which regions (UK and overseas) respond to economic and social decline and evaluate how development can be achieved.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
    • The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

    Formative Assessment:


    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University