REGDEV 702 : Regional Regeneration and Wellbeing

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines how education provides a basis for rethinking regional development, community wellbeing and sustainability in an increasingly globalised world. The course explores the significance to community regeneration of indigenous and local knowledge, via mātauranga Māori, place-based learning, public pedagogy and the promotion of educational pathways, as well as how these traverse and intersect the local and the global.

Course Overview

This course explores how best to foster social, educational, and cultural wellbeing in regional development contexts. Focusing on the links between wellbeing and sustainability, it will provide those working in regional and iwi development contexts with the knowledge, and strategies, needed to successfully promote and lead regional and iwi-led community-based wellbeing programmes. The course will highlight and explore regional and iwi-based initiatives that aim to foster wellbeing in education, social services, housing, and the arts, with a particular emphasis on the role of Indigenous and local knowledge, via mātauranga Māori, place-based learning, and public pedagogy.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the links between wellbeing and sustainability and their implications for regional development contexts (Capability 2.1, 2.3, 3.2, 4.1, 5.2 and 6.3)
  2. Understand and apply key concepts from placed-based learning, and public pedagogy to relevant issues of community wellbeing in contemporary regional economies and societies (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 5.2 and 6.3)
  3. Explore and describe the concepts underpinning community and iwi wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand in relation to mātauranga Māori and related Indigenous knowledge systems, along with their application in policy and practice (Capability 1.1, 2.3, 4.2, 5.3 and 6.3)
  4. Apply techniques for analysing and interpreting regional regeneration and wellbeing initiatives in contemporary regions (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.3 and 6.3)
  5. Discuss and debate with others the value of different approaches to regional regeneration and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Online preparation task 10% Individual Coursework
Online task (x2) 20% Individual Coursework
Literature review 20% Individual Coursework
Student presentation (via zoom/powerpoint) 20% Individual Coursework
Project proposal 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Online preparation task
Online task (x2)
Literature review
Student presentation (via zoom/powerpoint)
Project proposal

To pass this course students must submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the overall course.

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 36 hours of lectures, 14 hours of preparatory reading, 100 hours of online directed study tasks and assessed self-study.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is encouraged at scheduled block delivery weekend workshops at the Tai Tokerau Campus but is not required for those students undertaking the course online. 

Workshops will be available as zoom recordings for all students. 


Online attendance is required at scheduled block delivery workshops for those students who cannot attend in person. 

Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course to support the workshops and online participation.

This course runs to the University semester 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.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester 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 and respond with summaries and actions.

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

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

This course will be offered for the first time in 2023 and so there is no feedback on the course as yet. 

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 against online source material 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.

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.

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 08/11/2022 08:25 a.m.