Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to NPK017
Tied to N1KP17
Tied to N1KD17
Tied to N1KB17


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • 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:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, the 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:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, the students will:
  • 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:
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

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

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. 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
Workshops (a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 28
Preparation and Reading 122
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Individual Research Report Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Individual Research Report 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