GEPL545 Regional Development: Processes and Policies

Updated: 27 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL245 or GEPL345 or GEPL445
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL345 - Regional Development: Processes and Policies
GEPL445 - Regional Development: Processes and Policies
Coordinator(s) Neil Argent (
Unit Description

Non-metropolitan regions across the Western world face a number of complex developmental problems, including population decline, dependence on a narrow range of industries, outdated infrastructure and, often, a weakened political position. Via a comparative analysis of regional development issues in Australia and Canada, the unit explores the factors underlying uneven regional development and, in doing so, teaches a range of practical diagnostic skills and techniques that can be applied by governments and non-government organisations in order to foster successful and sustainable local and regional development.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an integrated understanding of the general nature of non-metropolitan regional development issues in developed world nations;
  2. critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise solutions around the complex causes of these issues and be able to communicate this effectively to others;
  3. demonstrate advanced understanding of the regional development policy-making process, with an aim toward identifying and applying best practice' in regional policy; and
  4. expertly apply a range of research skills, particularly database research, and complementary analytical techniques that model life-long application in a professional career.