Module Identifier GG39920  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin R Jones  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   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

On successful completion 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 0415168228
Bradbury, J. & Mawson, J. (eds.) (1998) British Regionalism and Devolution Jessica Kingsley 1853023701
Chen, S. and Wright T (2000) The English Question Fabian Society 0716360020
Claval, P (1998) An Introduction to Regional Geography Blackwell 155786733X
Cooke, P. (ed) (1995) The Rise of the Rustbelt UCL Press 1857284208
Hazell, R. (ed) (2000) State and the Nation Academic Imprint 0907845800
Keating, M (1998) The New Regionalism in Western Europe Elgar
Le Gales, P. and Lequesne, C. (eds) (1998) Regions in Europe Routledge 0415164834
Maar, A (2000) The Day Britain Died Profile 1861972237
Paasi, A (1996) Territories, Boundaries and Consciousness Wiley 0471961191
Parsons, W (1998) The Political Economy of British Regional Policy Routledge 0415000904


This module is at CQFW Level 6