Course Title: Regional Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Regional Policy

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hamilton Campus


365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Paul Collits

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the role of government in economic development. It provides a comprehensive analysis of regional development policy in Australia that will equip you with an understanding of the key policy making processes and the nature of regional policies. The economic development work of practitioners and the fortunes of regions are shaped both by policies specifically designed to assist regional development, and by policies which have no spatial intent but which may have considerable and variable spatial impacts. The course distinguishes between these different kinds of policies and assesses their relative impact on regions. It also delineates the respective roles of local, State and Commonwealth government in regional policy

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the government policy context, including the impacts of government policies on the local economy and the workings of government
  • Develop your knowledge about the policy environment as it affects your day-to-day work
  • Assess the merits of different policy approaches
  • Recognise and assess the regional impacts of non-regional policies

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts will be introduced through online lectures and readings.  There will also be opportunities to discuss the concepts through online discussions and activites (e.g. case studies, problem solving activities, assessment tasks)

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning materials will be available online through MyRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be aligned to the learning outcomes.  Assessment will comprise a range of assignments, including participation in online discussion, submission of a short research paper and a case study.