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SLE741 - Regional Development Economics and Planning


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Victor Sposito




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week plus 3 hours of problem-based exercises.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit provides students the opportunity to learn about relevant regional development theories and models, their particular contribution to an understanding of regional and rural development processes and their applicability in practice in different contexts, both in Australia and overseas.

Upon the successful completion of this unit, students should be able to analyse the economic situation of any particular region through the application of relevant theories and models as well as suggest possible development policies for the region of interest.

Learning activities in this unit are organised for students to explore relevant theories and models including those related to economic growth (e.g. trade-led/exposed growth), uneven spatial development (e.g. spatial polarisation), endogenous territorial development, and ecological-economy models.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain the evolution of regional economic development thinking and what is called the 'regional problem'. Relate the latter to the specific student's country/region.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy


Analyse the particular situation of a real-world country and a (non-metropolitan) region within it through the application of a theory or model dealing with: (i) uneven territorial development, and (ii) integrated ecological-economy development.

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork
GLO8: Global citizenship


Develop and justify the implementation of innovative (economic) measures in various contexts including developed and developing countries and regions.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Case study 1,500-word written essay 25% Week 4
Oral presentation Oral presentation and written reflection 35% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 40% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE741 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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