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Unit Overview


This unit examines the range of contemporary economic, demographic, social and environmental issues and processes shaping the development of regional and rural areas from a geographical perspective. It focuses on the spatial interdependencies that characterise development processes and the promotion of a more sustainable future for regional and rural areas. As part of the unit, students are introduced to a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques that enable them to assess the structure and understand the dynamics of regional economic, social and demographic change. These techniques also aim to provide the students with practical research and analytical skills that relate to careers in regional development, sustainable planning, strategic policy formation and implementation across environmental, economic and social spheres, and consultancy and planning agencies in the private, non-profit and public sectors.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Applied Human Geography; Geographical and Spatial Science major sequences

Students are able to (1) appreciate the competing theoretical perspectives on regional development including their strengths and limitations; (2) understand the key economic, social and demographic processes shaping the development of regions; (3) understand the role of public policy in shaping regional economic, social and demographic outcomes; and (4) use a range of techniques to assess and report on regional structure including location quotients, shift-share analysis and socioeconomic index.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical analysis; (2) report; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kirsten Martinus
Unit rules
Successful completion of
48 points
Unit(s) GEOG3306 Regional Development and Planning
Advisable prior study
GEOG1107 Human Inequality in the Anthropocene (ID 8266)
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