EC317-Urban Economics

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: EC201 Intermediate Microeconomics and EC202 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Vivien Burrows


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module introduces students to key topics in urban economics and develops theory in the field of urban economics, as well analysing empirical evidence and policy.  Topics covered will vary but may include topics relating to: land use, housing, labour markets, location choice, poverty, migration, crime and transport.


Firstly the module will introduce students to key economic theory and applications in the field of urban economics. Secondly the module will enable students to analyse, using economic tools, empirical research, key issues and policy debates in the field of urban economics.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Understand key theories in relation to urban economics and apply these to current policy issues. Critically analyse published empirical findings, key issues and policy.

Additional outcomes:

Students will participate in class discussions

Outline content:

Topics will vary from year to year and may cover (not all topics will be covered in a given year):


Urban land use


Industrial location and agglomeration

Urban labour markets and education





Urban economic history

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will be used to introduce and discuss the material. Students are expected to prepare for lectures by reading recommended materials and to participate in any classroom discussions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Guided independent study 160 18
Total hours by term 180.00 20.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 3 hour unseen written paper.

Part 3 examinations are held in the Summer term.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There will be at least one written assignment set.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A minimum overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination for all modules takes place in August of the same year.

    Re-assessment is by examination only; coursework is not included at the second attempt.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 9 May 2018


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