Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The City and Country: Processes of Conflict and Change
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written exam.  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Same format.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-

  • the key processes shaping contemporary urban and rural change
  • a range of relevant theoretical and conceptual literatures on urban and rural change
  • the policy implications emerging from such change
  • the skills of critical reading, interpretation and evaluation


This module aims to introduce students to urban geography and rural geography, and specifically to help students develop an understanding of the processes of conflict and change in rural and urban areas.


1. What is the Rural?

2. Economic Change: The Productivist Countryside

3. Economic Change: The Post-Productivist Countryside

4. Population Change in the Countryside

5. Selling the Countryside

6. Rural Conflicts

7. Conserving the Countryside

8. Changing Rural Lifestyles

9. Hidden Rural Lifestyles

10. What is the Urban? Industrial and Post-Industrial Cities

11. Urban Economic Change

12. Dual Cities and Social Polarisation

13. Globalisation and Global Cities

14. The City of Consumption, Gentrification and Culture

15. Selling the City of Spectacle

16. Producing the Built Environment

17. New Labour, New Cities?

18. Cities of Privatisation and Partnership


This module is at CQFW Level 4