Course code Soci2008

Credit points 2

Regional Development

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation06.03.2013

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Dace Kaufmane

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

PolZ3001, Organization of Local Municipalities

Course abstract

Students acquire knowledge about the nature of the regions and the specifics of different territories, the regional development planning process and instruments for reducing regional socio-economic inequalities, resources and institutions involved in regional development and legal regulation.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge about the nature and development opportunities of the regions in the EU, EU regional policy. (Test, independent work, discussions)
Skills to analyze the natural, economic and social environment of the region in the context of sustainable development. (Test, independent work, discussions)
Competence - the ability to analyze the process of planning a region's development. (Test, independent work, discussions)

Course Content(Calendar)

Lecture topics:
1. Units of a socio-economic space. The essence of the region.
2.Regional classification.
3. Region in sociological terms.
4. Regional policy and regional development.
5. Theories and methods of regional development. (2h)
6. Regional development in the EU.
7. Examples of regional development in different countries of the world.
8. Institutionalization of regional development in Latvia.
9. Regional differences in Latvia and the EU.
10. Diagnostics of regional resources.
11. Forecasting regional development.
12. Regional development strategy.
13. Territorial planning principles.
14. Regional development legislation.
Workshops / Practical Topics:
1. Territorial taxon used in Latvia.
2. Scientific research to solve regional development problems. (3h)
3. Regional policy examples in the world. (2h)
4. The development of regional policy and objectives in the EU.
5. Regional development institutions in Latvia.
6. 1. Tests
7. Diagnosis of regions of Latvia (2h)
8. Forecasting methods.
9. Developing a development strategy.
10. Presentation of independent works. (2h)
11. 2.Tests.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Test with a mark
Test works completed according to scheduled time – 12 points
Independent work „Region Analysis” completed during semester and submitted within the specified time – 6 points.
Activityindiscussionsduringsemester – 2 points.
Cumulative score. A score of 2 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work "Regional Analysis" (volume 10-15 pages) must be submitted in printed form at the indicated time.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student can get a successful mark in the test if at least 50% of the questions are answered correctly. Independent work is assessed according to the requirements of the quality of compliance with the task. Discussions are judged by engagement and ability to reasonably explain and discuss issues related to managerial functions.

Compulsory reading

1. Territorial development, cohesion and spatial planning: knowledge and policy development in an enlarged EU. Edited by Neil Adams, Giancarlo Cotella and Richard Nunes. London New- York: Routletge, 2011. 457 p 2. Augstskolas reģionos: Zināšanu un prakses mijiedarbe. Zinātniskie redaktori: Tālis tisenhopfs, Baiba Bela, Ilona Kunda. Rīga: Apgāds „Zinātne”, 2011. 495 lpp. 3. Jaunas pieejas sociālās attīstības mērīšanā: cilvēki, teritorijas, pašvaldības. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2015. 391 lpp. 4. Keišs S., Kazinovskis A. Reģionālā attīstība Latvijā: administratīvi teritoriālās reformas norises gaita, problēmas un risinājumi. Rīga: Vītola izdevniecība, 2014. 615 lpp.

Further reading

1. Reģionālās attīstības likums [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: 2. Teritorijas attīstības plānošanas likums [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: 3. Attīstības plānošanas sistēmas likums [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Plānošanas reģioni [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams: 2. Centrālās statistikas pārvaldes mājas lapa [tiešsaiste]. Pieejams:


The study course is included in the bachelor study program Sociology of Organizations and Public Administration and professional higher education bachelor study programme External Relations of Organizations, according to study plans.