Contemporary Government & Governance (Real Estate & Planning) URBAN5006

  • Academic Session: 2013-14
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to:
-Provide a wide-ranging introduction to issues in contemporary governance, including evaluating the changing structures of government and the emergence and meaning of the concept of governance.
-Address the theories of how and why government and governance has evolved to its current state, its place in the wider systems and structures of national and international governance.
-Provide an introduction to the concepts of democracy and accountability and their salience in contemporary systems of government and governance.
-Assess and critique contemporary systems of urban governance and evaluate proposals for their reform.
-Introduce and critique the contemporary planning system in
Scotland and the UK.


This will be taught over 1 x 4 day block between September and June

Requirements of Entry



This course will be formally assessed by means of course work in the form of one or two essays of total length 4,000-5,000 words.