PLAN4000W Gov the City: Admin & Transp

Academic Year 2024/2025

Since the mid-20th century, governance approaches have rapidly evolved worldwide in response to economic, political, and ideological shifts within global society. Notably, there have been significant transformations in the governance of urban agglomerations. This module aims to provide both theoretical insights and practical tools to adapt governance arrangements in metropolitan areas to meet the demands of 21st-century urban societies. Encouraging an international perspective on urban governance practices, students are prompted to explore various stakeholders, institutional structures, regulatory frameworks, and, specifically, urban planning and transport policies. Through the critical analysis of numerous cases spanning the globe - from Chicago (US) to Lagos (Nigeria) and Puebla (Mexico) to Daejeon (South Korea) - students will gain insights into good governance mechanisms as essential tools for promoting economic prosperity in cities and enhancing the well-being of their citizens.

The key module aims are:

1. To provide a theoretical overview of governance models and their fundamental principles relevant to urban governance practices.
2. To examine the impact of social, economic, political, and cultural settings on the governance arrangements of metropolitan areas.
3. To offer insight into the reconciliation of urban planning and transport policies as two strategic sectors of metropolitan governance.
4. To foster an awareness of challenges and innovative mechanisms inherent in contemporary urban governance approaches worldwide.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Understand the main elements of good governance arrangements for metropolitan areas.
2. Identify the critical factors contributing to effective urban governance mechanisms in a contemporary global society.
3. Explain the role of urban planning and transport policies in effective metropolitan governance.
4. Critically reflect on various governance arrangements and develop their own articulated professional position.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is delivered through a mix of lecturer-led seminars, group work (comprising case-based learning), student presentations and student discussions.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Work Assignment: Presentation: An 15-min group presentation (presented in-class) Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 Graded No


Participation in Learning Activities: Continuous Assessment: In-class discussion on a given topic Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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