CPT781: Development and Urbanisation Processes

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT781
External Subject Code K400
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Georgina Santos
Semester Autumn Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

There is one summative assessment supported by formative assessments. The formative assessments consist of group work (presentation and other media based group work), to take place in a session during the term and linked to learning outcomes (4) and (5) and skill (2) and class and group debates and discussions, to take place virtually every week, and linked to skills (3) and (4).


100% contribution

Written submission (linked to learning outcomes 1 to 6 and skills 1 and 4.

4,000 words


The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

How the module will be delivered

The module consists of lectures, group and class discussions, group presentations, and the occasional use of a relevant video. The group and class discussions promote skills in communication, as does the group presentation, thus helping achieve the skills described under learning outcomes.

Outline Description of Module

The module focuses on development and urbanisation. It pays particular attention to development problems faced by developing countries as well as to urbanisation processes.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

Critically discuss (1) basic concepts in development economics, such as economic growth, human development and the measures and indicators that have been proposed; (2) the challenges of education, health and gender inequality in developing countries; (3) the obstacles poor groups in developing countries face in order to access credit and insurance and the solutions that have been proposed; (4) the relationship between urbanisation and economic growth; and (5) the challenges caused by the rapid expansion of urban areas in developing countries, with rural-urban migration as a principal cause.

Skills that will be practised and developed

During the course of the module there will be plenty of opportunities to practise and master a number of skills. Students will be expected to:

  1. write clear and critical but concise answers in the form of short essays, analysing a topic in a logical manner and backing arguments up with academic references;
  2. be able to work individually as well as in a group to prepare and deliver a presentation and other group work based on photographs, videos or posters;
  3. debate a topic in class, justifying arguments in a reasoned way;
  4. read the latest research on a topic new to the student and be able to grasp the main points, regardless of the student’s background

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100 Assignment - 4000 Words N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Bloom, D.E., Canning, D. and G. Fink. 2008. Urbanization and the Wealth of Nations’, Science, Vol. 319, pp. 772-775.

Ray, D. 1998. Development Economics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Chapter 14: Credit

Chapter 15: Insurance

Sen, A. 1992. Missing women. British Medical Journal, 304 (7 March), pp. 587-588.

Sen, A. 2003. Missing women - revisited. British Medical Journal, 327 (6 December), pp. 1297-1298.

Spence, M., Clarke Annez, P. and Buckley, R. M. 2009. Urbanization and Growth. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, On behalf of the Commission on Growth and Development, Washington DC. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTPREMNET/Resources/489960-1338997241035/Growth_Commission_Vol1_Urbanization_Growth.pdf

Todaro, M. and Smith, S. 2009. Economic Development. 10th ed. (or any subsequent edition). Harlow: Addison-Wesley.

Chapter 1: Economics, Institutions, and Development

Chapter 2: Comparative Economic Development

Chapter 5: Poverty, Inequality, and Development

Chapter 7: Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration: Theory and Policy

Chapter 8: Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development

United Nations. 2015. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015, New York.


United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. 2015. World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision, New York.

Highlights: https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Publications/Files/WUP2014-Highlights.pdf

Full Report: https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Publications/Files/WUP2014-Report.pdf

United Nations Development Programme. 2010. Human Development Report 2010 - 20th Anniversary Edition: The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development, New York. http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2010/

Overview, pp. 1-9.

Chapter 1: Reaffirming Human Development, pp. 11-24.

United Nations Development Programme. 2015. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). http://www.undp.org/globalgoals

Background Reading and Resource List

Syllabus content

Basic concepts in development studies. Private and social returns to education. Spillovers of education. Financial markets, microfinance and insurance in developing countries. Gender inequality and missing women. Health and development. Rural-urban migration. Urbanisation and economic growth. Challenges caused by the rapid expansion of urban areas in developing countries.

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