REGDEV 701 : Regional Futures


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the changing nature of the region as a spatial category of social and political economy. The course draws on place-based understandings of regional development to address how regions are being reassembled and what that means for the futures of people and place. Particular reference, in the New Zealand context, is made to the interconnections between regional and iwi developments.

Course Overview

The course will consist of four modules: core concepts and theories in regional development; regional development in policy; place based regional development; and regional development in action. In 2024, the course will focus attention on building regional development platforms for the blue economy. Each module will be developed in one day-long seminar style block delivered in a hybrid model - seminars will take place in-person but students not located in Auckland may elect to participate at a distance through on-line technologies. The core themes and messages of each module will be introduced by the lecturer in the first part of each seminar and students will be expected to lead discussions stimulated by assigned reading ahead of time and focused questions. Course assessment will take the form of three assignments and an exam. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of core regional development concepts, methodologies and theories (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  2. Work collaboratively with other students in developing understandings of the core ideas of the course (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  3. Articulate and apply place-based development approaches to the promotion of a blue economy regional development platform (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Critically analyse a real-world regional development program (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 45% Individual Coursework
Presentation 15% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Final Exam


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Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures (with breaks), 60 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 60 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

The activities for the course are scheduled as four blocks of seminar-lectures. Lectures are based on live student-led discussions in scheduled sessions. Attendance is expected at scheduled lectures/seminars.  They will be recorded and made available as recordings, but students will benefit from in-person exchanges and discussion. Recordings will miss much of the richness of the learning. Auckland-based students are expected to attend in person. The exam will be conducted online.


Scheduled seminars/lectures will be live online. Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities for those not resident in Auckland.  Seminars/lectures and student-led discussions will be recorded and made available as recordings, but students will benefit from in-person exchanges and discussion. Recordings will miss much of the richness of the learning. The exam will be conducted online.
Study material will be released progressively throughout the course. This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

All materials will be made available through Canvas. They include reading from the literature and publicly available material sourced from the internet and other respositories.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

This is the first year that the course has been offered.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/02/2024 09:39 a.m.