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GEOG3306 Regional Development and Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
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. Drawing largely on perspectives from human geography, the unit 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 enables 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 and planning.
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 regional structure including location quotients, shift-share analysis and socioeconomic index.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theoretical critical analysis; (2) a demographic profile; and (3) a research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kirsten Martinus
Unit rules
GEOG2205 Geographies of Economic Development or ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2 or approval of the Unit Coordinator.
PLNG3303 Regional Development and Planning
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.