HUMN 2053 The Economics of Cities and Regions

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101591

Coordinator Stephen Healy Opens in new window

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

  1. The place of the economy in cities and regions
  2. The urban economy
  3. Logistics corridors
  4. The regional economy
  5. Economic sectors
  6. Economic sectors (assignment)
  7. Socio-spatial distributions
  8. Alternate economies
  9. Spatial economic drivers
  10. Spatialised economic networks
  11. The role of the state
  12. Circular Economy
  13. Climate Change and the Limits to Growth


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Report 750 words 25 N Individual
Report 1,800 words + in class presentation 30 N Group
Essay 1000 words plus illustrations and references 35 N Individual
Reflection 200 words each x 4 = 800 words total 10 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)

Penrith (Kingswood)


Subject Contact Khandakar Farid Uddin Opens in new window

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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