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B.Sc. (HONS) REGIONAL SCIENCE AND PLANNING

Department of Regional Science and Planning offers four-year Honors degree, BSc (Hons) in Regional Science & Planning for those seeking a tertiary qualification in development studies and planning.

The BSc (Hons) Regional Science and Planning combines the study of Geography, Economics, Planning and GIS by focusing on the spatial implications of development and the economic implications of social processes.

Many public and private sector development measures particularly, large-scale infrastructure projects such as dams, power plants, roads, railway lines, new cities or new urban quarters affect space. In fact, any planning scheme and any public measure with regard to space also affects regional social systems, the regional economy and the complex interplay of a region's natural factors, its regional ecology. Therefore, a regional planning approach needs to analyses and consider these influencing factors when it comes to non-sectorial and coordinative planning on the local, regional, and international level.

This programme places a special emphasis on participatory development, spatial planning, and green technologies It teaches students to extend the traditional view of development cooperation, which is centered around the notion of poverty, to the notion of vulnerability.

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Department of Regional Science And Planning, .
SANASA Campus Ltd
Paragammana, Hettimulla, Kegalle, Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94354935146

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

At present the development approach in Sri Lanka emphasizes decentralization into provincial, district and divisional levels and in consequence the governmental as well as non-governmental personnel are expected to equip with skills needed in regional planning. Although there is an increasing demand for trained personnel in regional planning in Sri Lanka, there are hardly any formal training programs conducted at undergraduate level in the universities or other institutions dealing with developing studies. Therefore B.Sc Hons in Regional Science and Planning is a timely necessity and it directly serves the national needs. The government has launched programme to recruit many graduates to state sector development agencies, but they can be more fruitfully employed if they were given prior training in development planning at local and regional levels.

The objective of the course is to prepare students for a career in Regional Science and Planning related fields. Therefore, it makes attempts to provide the student with subject specific knowledge and skills in both Regional Science and Planning. In addition, an attempt is also made to achieve an integrated approach to Regional Science and Planning. To achieve this objective, the course is based on well-integrated units which enables the student to participate in an interactive learning experience through lectures, team based filed work, analysis of case studies, application of theory to problem solving, individual assignments etc. The course explores regional development issues in both the developed and developing world. Regarding the latter specific attention is paid to Sri Lanka and countries of the South Asian Region. Furthermore, attention is paid to globalization and globalization and the emergence of the new regionalism. To put it succinctly the course explores the interactive nature of people, places and regional space relationships.

By the end of the course students should have acquired several transferable skills which include critical and analytical skills; a basic competence in empirical research and its methodologies, project formulation and planning, and specific technical skills, such as computing, spatial statistics and GIS applications providing the students a competitive edge in seeking career paths.

SANASA Campus encompass practical Work Base Training component from their first year onwards. During the first four days of the week (Monday to Thursday) students engaged in learning at the classroom, laboratory and library environment. They spend next two days (Friday and Saturday) of the week in a programme Word Based Training at selected GN divisions under the academic guidance of the academic staff of the faculty and under the supervision of the Center for Co-operative and Community Studies. Therefore, this programme of study encourages these young graduates to enroll as participants in filling the gaps exist in regional planning.

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