SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML311969
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Politics
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

General entry requirements

Summary of Content

This course will develop the student's awareness of the main features and problems of urbanisation. While it will generally feature the British experience it will focus mainly on developments in the local area.


The city in post-industrial society: the phases in the development of cities in capitalist societies: an overview of change.The city and social theory: Changes in the economic structure in the post-war period and its effect on urban structure.Urban development in the post-war period: the planning framework; the land question and development control; urban containment; the social aspects of urban planning.Urban housing policies: changes in housing tenure and the role of the state; housing and the economy; 'the right to buy' and home ownership; the residualisation of local authority housing and the emergence of the voluntary sector.Urban economic policies: changing patterns of employment; the national economy and the local economy; the West Central Scotland Plan and the need for change; the role of the Scottish Office, the Scottish Development Agency and the local authority in economic development; the G.E.A.R. project as a model for urban renewal; 'New Life for Urban Scotland' and partnerships; the role of Scottish Homes, Scottish Enterprise and the private sector in urban regeneration.Urban policy processes: local authorities in the national policy framework; politicization and marginalisation; consumerism and competition; competitive tendering and the enabling authority.

Learning Outcomes

a) Students will be aware of the major features of urbanisation and suburbanisation in this country.b) Students will have some appreciation of the major theoretical models which have attempted to explain urban development.c) Students will have some understanding of the influence of the state in the utilisationof urban space.d) Students will be aware of changing nature of the state at subnational level.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Prior to the commencement of the course students will be provided with a course guide which will outline the structure of the course and the major areas of study. The guide will also include an extensive bibliography which has been designed to form a base on which students may make informed decisions on their choice of project. Class contact will then consist of a framework of lectures supplemented by student papers and practitioner-centred seminars.

Indicative Reading

Atkinson, R Moon, G. Urban policy in Britain : the city, the state and the market.MacMillan, 1994.Currie, H Murie, A Housing in Scotland. Coventry : Chartered Institute of Housing, 1996.Lund, B Housing problems and housing policy. 1st ed. Harlow, Essex, England ; New York : Longman Group, 1996.Malpass, P. Murie, A. Housing policy and practice 5th ed. Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1999Marsh, A.Mullins, D Housing and public policy : citizenship, choice and control. Buckingham [England] ; Philadelphia, Pa. : Open University Press,1998Midwinter, A F. Local government in Scotland : reform or decline? Macmillan, 1995.Pacione, M Britain's cities : geographies of division in urban Britain /edited by Michael Pacione. London ; New York : Routledge, 1997.Pratchett, L.Wilson, D. Local democracy and local government. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.Rydin, Y Urban and environmental planning in the UK. Macmillan, 1998Stewart, J D Stoker, G Local government in the 1990s. Macmillan, 1995.Stoker, G King, D Rethinking local democracy Macmillan, 1996.Wilson, D Game, C Local government in the United Kingdom 2nd ed London : MacMillan, 1998.In your examination of contemporary issues you will also find a range of journals which are available in the library and are invaluable in the analysis of policy. These include academic journals like 'Housing Studies', 'Urban Studies', 'Policy and Politics', and 'Journal of Social Policy' as well as a range of professional journals such as 'Housing Review', 'Roof', and 'Housing'.You will also find it valuable to consult the internet and the following are useful addresseshttp://www.scotland.gov.uk/ http://www.open.gov.uk/http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/http://www.lgcnet.com/ Login: glasgowcul Password: miller

Transferrable Skills

This module develops key skills in information gathering and library research,critical thinking,communication, self discipline and time management.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 84.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Seminars (PT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 45% A 4000-word written project, through which students will apply their knowledge and experience to examine a local issue in urban policy. At an early stage students will present their proposal in class.