Regenerating Cities (10 credits) URBAN5096

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores the nature and effectiveness of the urban regeneration policies and interventions designed change the fortunes both of cities as a whole and of areas of concentrated disadvantage within them. It asks critical questions about who benefits in this process and why. Students will benefit from a study visit to a major regeneration area and the contributions of expert regeneration professionals.


Five weekly 3 hour sessions in semester 2, plus a tutorial about the essay

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements:


Excluded Courses

Regenerating Cities (URBAN5041)





The course will be assessed by an essay of maximum 2,500 words.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide participants with an overview of the development, delivery and impact of regeneration strategies, drawing on experiences in the UK, North American and Europe.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify and critique alternative approaches to regeneration by placing them in their historical and geographical context;

■ assess and evaluate leading edge research on the theory and practice of regeneration;

■ precis the themes which recur at international, national and local levels in regeneration policy and practice and assess how these are being played out in contemporary British cities;

■ recognise importance of stakeholder involvement & public participation in the regeneration process;

■ define and debate key issues in assessing the success of regeneration interventions and appreciate the role of evaluation in developing and implementing regeneration strategies; and

■ acknowledge values underlying interpretations of sustainability, and reflect on the contested nature of the concepts of economic, social and sustainable development and explore the implications for regeneration.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Minimum requirement for award of credit for students on MSc City Planning and MSc Real Estate Development is D3 or above.


University standard regulations apply for students on all other qualifications although attendance is required by students on the Housing Studies Programme (MSc and PGDip).