Module Identifier GG39920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin R Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2 hrs  
  Seminars / Tutorials   2 hrs  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination  50%
Semester Assessment Course Work: one essay of no more than 3,000 words (40%), one team seminar presentation (5% for the team report, 5% for its oral delivery)50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework and retaking failed examination. Team seminar marks (10%) to be carried forward.100%

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:


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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Allen, J. et al. (1998) Rethinking the Region Routledge ISBN 0 415 16822 8
Bradbury, J. & Mawson, J. (eds.) (1998) British Regionalism and Devolution Jessica Kingsley ISBN 1 85302 370 1
Claval, P (1998) An Introduction to Regional Geography Blackwell ISBN 1 55786 733 X
Cooke, P. (ed) (1995) The Rise of the Rustbelt UCL Press ISBN 1 85728 420 8
Chen, S. and Wright T (2000) The English Question Fabian Society ISBN 0 7163 6002 0
Hazell, R. (ed) (2000) State and the Nation Academic Imprint ISBN 0 907845 80 0
Keating, M (1998) The New Regionalism in Western Europe Elgar
Le Gales, P. and Lequesne, C. (eds) (1998) Regions in Europe Routledge ISBN 0 415 16483 4
Maar, A (2000) The Day Britain Died Profile ISBN 1 86197 223 7
Paasi, A (1996) Territories, Boundaries and Consciousness Wiley ISBN 0 471 96119 1
Parsons, W (1998) The Political Economy of British Regional Policy Routledge ISBN 0 415 00090 4


This module is at CQFW Level 6