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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3042 Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens

20 creditsClass Size: 49

Module manager: Professor Graham Clarke

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG3046Global Cities: Buenos Aires
GEOG3550Global Cities: Miami

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake a week of field work in Athens around the theme of urban and regional development. This work includes both lecturer directed work and independent investigation in the field. The trips are prefaced by lecture sessions providing important background and contextual information on Athens and its hinterland. Key themes within the field trip relate to the impacts of major infrastructure change (new airport, Olympic games etc), the impacts of service growth (including tourism), population and housing change and general planning issues.


On completion of the module, the student should have acquired:
i) an appreciation of the characteristics of the urban, regional and rural environments of Athens and its region
ii) an understanding of urban and regional development issues in a European context (a comparison of UK and Greek developments);
iii) an appreciation of how local urban and regional developments can be measured and quantified in terms of multiplier effects
iv) skills in the identification, collection and representation of a variety of information and data sources;
v) an ability to undertake field research, plan projects and write reports to short deadlines;
vi) an understanding of the practical application of concepts and methods learnt in the classroom.

Skills outcomes
A Knowledge and Understanding
A1 The dynamic nature of geographical thought and practice and the inter-relationships between the discipline and the social sciences
A3 Patterns and processes of environmental change and their inter-relationships with human activities
A4 Spatial patterns and relationships in human phenomena at a variety of scales
A5 The geography of places and their constitution by environmental, economic, social and political processes, and the influence of places on these processes
A6 The geographies of difference and inequality with particular reference to historical development, ethnicity, class, gender and the changing nature of urban and regional economies and policy
A7 Contemporary debates about time-space relationships, globalization and global interconnections
A8 The role of changes in technology, the nature of work and labour markets in influencing spatial patterns of economic activity
A10 The contribution of geography to development of environmental political, economic and cultural agendas, policies and practices

B Cognitive skills
B1 Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
B2 Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
B3 Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
B4 Developing reasoned arguments
B5 Solving problems and making reasoned decisions

C Practical/professional skills
C1 Plan, design, execute and report geographical research both individually and as part of a team
C2 Undertake effective field work (with due regard for safety and risk assessment)
C4 Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data
C5 Recognise the ethical issues involved in geographical debates and enquiries

D Key skills
D1 Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations
D2 Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
D4 Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
D5 Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide.


1. Introduction
2. Economic and social change in Athens
3. Urban and economic development: 1) cultural regeneration
4. Urban and economic development: 2) sporting regeneration
5. Urban and economic development: 3) retail & service-based regeneration
6. Island economies and economic links to Athens.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours138.00
Total Contact hours62.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will undertake 138 hours of private study as follows:
- 18 Reading to support learning in individual lectures
- 50 hours Reading, preparation and completion of project on return from Athens
- 50 hours Reading and preparation for the exam
- 20 hours Independent work in field locations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through routine inspections of field notebooks and monitoring of evening data analysis sessions during the field trip.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject report prior to departure for Athens (3,000 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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