HUMN 2053 The Economics of Cities and Regions

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101591

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Description 'Economics of cities and regions' introduces the major political-economic issues facing cities and regions. Class discussions investigate how political-economic forces (such as globalisation, structural change etc) shape the development of cities and regions. Class activities enable students to apply economic principles to urban and regional planning and policy decisions, and teach students to analyse the social and distributional impacts of policy and planning decisions.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Human Geography

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 1283 - Urban Development Resource Allocation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the key political-economic challenges facing cities and regions
  2. Explain the major political-economic trends and policies shaping urban and regional development in cities and regions
  3. Perform simple spatial analyses using standard sources of basic local economic and social data

Subject Content

Understandings of economic change and regional inequality
Impacts of economic change and regional inequality on cities and regions
Perspectives on urban and regional economic development
Changing approaches to governing urban and regional development
Industry clusters
Global cities and global city regions
Large-scale urban development projects
Resource regions and the challenges of economic growth
Post-productivist countryside, tourism and the cultural economy in regional development
Creative cities, place promotion and the cultural economy in urban and regional development
Shift-share analysis


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 1000 words 30 N Individual
Report 1000 words 40 N Individual
Reflective learning journal 1000 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods


Penrith (Kingswood)


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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