Applied Analysis of Regionalisation and Urbanisation


Admission requirements

At least 60 credits in a social science subject


Syllabus for students autumn 2023, autumn 2022, autumn 2021, autumn 2020, autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
ES153L revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Tillämpad analys: regionalisering och urbanisering,
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Urban Studies
Date of ratification:
28 February 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
18 March 2015

Entry requirements

At least 60 credits in a social science subject

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

Course can be included in degree programmes with the main subject of Urban Studies.


The aim of the course is to provide knowledge of political, geographical and economic processes creating and influencing development of cities and regions. The course also includes practical training in quantitative methods and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide the student with skills to critically analyze political, geographical and economic processes in a European context.


Political, geographical and economic theories are used to form a basis of empirical applications applied on a European setting. During the course, several practical skills are taught to introduce students to computer-based analysis of spatial data. This is done by using vector data in geographic information systems (GIS). The course includes ongoing work in which the student learns the theoretical basics of GIS and learns to handle the practical functions of the GIS program. Emphasis is placed on empirical applications, analyzed using the theoretical framework of the course. GIS skills included are:

  • Thematic mapping
  • Data and statistics management
  • Presentation of data

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:
1. Discuss and compare urbanization and regionalization in a selection of European countries
2. Understand basic knowledge of descriptive and comparative statistics.
3. Using GIS and simple statistical calculations, to interpret and analyze theories and concepts of urban and regional development.
4. Perform a qualified spatial analysis of a European region or city using the tools introduced in the course.

Learning activities

Teaching is given in the form of lectures, exercises and seminars. Exercises - both under the guidance of teachers and in the form of their own work - constitute an essential element of the course.


In the course, examination consists of project, a seminar and a written exam.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Compendium of articles and reports

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Magnus Andersson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657206


04 October 2021 - 07 November 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.

03 October 2022 - 06 November 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö

02 October 2023 - 05 November 2023 Day-time 100% Malmö

05 October 2020 - 08 November 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK