PLAN20040 Urban & Regional Economics

Academic Year 2022/2023

Course Description
This course will cover topics examining the development of cities, land rent, urban land-use patterns, infrastructure provision in urban and regional contexts; local and regional governance, transportation, and urban policy issues.

These topics will be examined in an applied manner using examples of the urban and regional development processes in Ireland and internationally.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Indicative Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should:
- Have a detailed knowledge of the origins and economic forces at work in the development of cities
- Have an understanding of the classic theories of urban structure and urban size distributions within regions
- Have an understanding of the key transportation issues in urban areas and be familiar with the basic economic analysis of these issues
- Understand location and sector specific aspects of decision making in urban and regional; development markets.

Indicative Module Content:

Module Description:
This course introduces principles of urban economics and introduces the application of economic analysis to the problems and challenges of modern cities. The forces influencing the development of cities are described along with an overview of the classic theories of urban structure and land-use. The role of the transport system is examined and the problems of facilitating mobility and accessibility with and between urban areas are examined in detail. The issues relating to market processes and interventions are explored. Decision making within competitive markets are examined along with the role of regulation or interventions aimed at achieving equity and/or efficiency. Aspects of national and international practice in urban policy are examined.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered by weekly lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Urban and Regional Economics (ECON20140), Urban & Regional Economics (PEP20130), Urban & Regional Economics (PEP40240)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual assignment Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: In class test mid semester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written and oral feedback on in class assessment

Name Role
Massimiliano Coda Zabetta Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 16:50