PLAN4004W Urb & Reg Economics & Trans

Academic Year 2024/2025

The module explains economic processes and activities through the lens of urban and regional planning. It consists of two parts. The first part, which serves as the foundation of this module, explains mainstream economic principles and their critiques. It provides a geographical political economic perspective on the formation of cities and economic processes as well as activities in cities. It zooms into the roles of key actors (e.g., the state, corporations and labourers) and important processes (e.g., urbanisation, globalisation, neoliberalisation, digitalisation) in shaping the geographies of capital accumulation and affecting the economic fortunes of cities and regions. In the second part, this module delves deeper into selected topics. These topics include changing geographies of production and consumption, urban land and real estate markets, the provision of transport and infrastructure in general, informal economies and poverty, and public finance.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students are expected to:
1. demonstrate a critical understanding of mainstream economic principles and various approaches to urban and regional economy as well as transportation;
2. develop a critical political economic perspective on urban and regional growth and comprehend the uneven geographies of development;
3. understand the diversity and unevenness of China’s urban and regional development;
4. apply concepts or theories to real-world challenges in planning and urban/regional development;
5. use the conceptual and methodological tools introduced to analyse the development of an economic sector and a place.

Indicative Module Content:

- principles of mainstream economics
- geographical political economic theories
- actors in shaping economic activities and processes
- the political economy of urbanisation
- changing geographies of multinational corporations
- land and housing
- transport and infrastructure
- public finance
- informal economies and poverty

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures, group work and autonomous study 
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

Not yet recorded.

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, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students on a continuous basis through the trimester on individual and group activities.