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Urban and Regional Development


Within this concentration there is a wide variety of courses addressing the dynamics of urban growth, global economy and development processes of regions, with special emphasis on the development in China and Pacific-Asia. Through lectures, tutorials, organized field trips, as well as the use of both local and international case studies, students examine the spatial organization of cities, the world spatial economy, behaviours of individual agents, and collective choice in the form of urban physical planning. Courses within this concentration also emphasize on the understanding of the effects of urban development, such as transport, housing, welfare and the location and relocation of economic activities in space.

On a regional scale, students are also exposed to the different forces that contribute to development, including the world economy, the cultural dimension, population growth and regional development policies. Development issues including the role of women, the informal sector, squatters, non-renewable resources, the rural economy and regional cooperation are addressed in courses within this concentration.

Courses offered (3-Year Programme)

Courses offered (4-Year Programme)