Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 hrs
Seminars / Tutorials 2 hrs


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment one essay of no more than 3,000 words (40%), one team seminar presentation (5% for the team report, 5% for its oral delivery)  Course Work:  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Team seminar marks (10%) to be carried forward.  Resubmission of failed coursework and retaking failed examination.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the intellectual evolution and development of regions in human geography;
  • Critically evaluate a number of conceptual and theoretical debates on region-formation, regional development and change;
  • Apply these knowledges and literatures to an analysis of the major changes that have impacted upon the regions and nations of Britain in recent debates;
  • Explain the major economic, political, socio-cultural, and territorial issues of relevance in contemporary debates on devolution and British "regionalism";
  • Demonstrate awarenss of having understod and practised a number of personal and transferable skills, including critical thought, communication skills (both written and oral), interpersonal skills, and reading and writing skills.


This module analyses the changing role of 'regions in geography' by, first, exploring the intellectual development of regional geography and, second, examining a number of 'cuts, into the economic, socio-cultural and political geography of the United Kingdom. Part One of the module, therefore, draws on a number of theoretical approaches to regional change and development. Part Two applies these towards an understanding of different experiences, both through time and across space, taking place within Britain's regions and nations.


The changing role of regions is examined through a discussion of the following themes:

Part One: Regions in Geography and Regional Geographers
  1. Traditional regional geographies
  2. Cultural regional geographies
  3. Functional regions and spatial science
  4. Marx in the region
  5. The new regional geography
  6. The new regionalism
Part Two: 'Actually Existing' Regional Geography
  1. Regional planning in post-war Britain
  2. Geopolitics of Thatcherism
  3. Devolution in the UK: A Team debate
  4. New regionalism in the UK
  5. English regional questions


This module is at CQFW Level 6