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Modules

TCP1027 : Shaping Towns and Cities

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module seeks to:

• introduce students to the context and development of ideas about cities and urban spaces, paying particular attention to the historical emergence and development of planning ideas, their advocates and their outcomes;
• provide an overview of planning history to help students understand the development of British towns and cities, within the context of the development of the British planning system;
• help students to appreciate the importance of social economic, political and technological factors in shaping urban space.

The content outlined above will provide practice material to teach students a range of academic study skills required for them to complete their degree in Town Planning successfully.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1 session 1: Course introduction (for both the skills and the substantive parts of the course), becoming an active learner/understanding feedback, and initial introduction to course assignment/walking tour ( 2 hour lecture)
Week 1 session 2: Note-taking, Information Sources and Library skills (2 hour lecture and workshop session)

Week 2 session 1: Introduction to the history element of the course; Victorian Cities and Early solutions ( 2 hr Lecture/video slot)
Week 2 session 2 Modernism ( 2 hour lecture/video slot)

Week 3 session 1: Critical Reading (reflecting on Modernist movement and GCM) (30 min lecture followed by 1 ½ hour workshop session- this may need to be repeated 3 x 30 students)
Week 3 session 2: Referencing (2 hour lecture)
SKILLS ASSIGNMENT: STUDENTS WRITE (IN NOTE FORM) RESPONSE TO SEMINAR QUESTION – REFERENCING SHOULD USE HARVARD STYLE AND BE SUBMITTED THROUGH TURNITIN).

Week 4 session 1 Metroland/New Towns (2 hour lecture/video session )
Week 4 Session 2 Techno-rational planning and its critique (lecture)

Week 5 session 1: Making an argument; Essay Planning/Essay Writing (2 hour lecture/workshop)
Week 5 Session 2: (workshop – round assignment questions)
SKILLS ASSIGNMENT: ESSAY PLAN FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (SUBMITTING THROUGH TURNITIN)

Week 6 Session 1: Coach Tour round Newcastle (timetabled so have a free day for this).

Week 7: Session 1: Planning for whom? Community Activism, Public Engagement
Week 7 Session 2: Planning, Neo-Liberalism and the New Right (1 hour)

Week 8 Session1: Overarching Paradigms: Sustainability and Post-Modernism (1 hour)
Week 8 Session 2: New Labour: Modernisation, Devolution and Planning Reform

Week 9: Session 1: Coalition- Austerity, reduced intervention and Neighbourhood Planning
Week 9 Session 2: Seminar/Workshop on values in planning (around different interests- political expressions of different interests)
Week 10 Session 1:
Week 10 Session 2 Self Reflection and ethics
Week 11 Session 1: Hour one: meeting the standards Hour two: question time/ assignment workshop
Assignment Hand-in - 1500-2000 word written assignment on course content, and walking tour

ASSIGNMENT - 2000 WORD WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT ON COURSE CONTENT, AND WALKING TOUR

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0051:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork15:005:00Bus trip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture/video sessions provide students with an opportunity to engage with the knowledge content of the module, and the workshops, walking tour, and various skills related assignments help them to use this material.
The skills tasks are related to the knowledge content to maximise the interaction between the material (ensure relevance in both directions – skill;knowledge elements).

The Bus tour gives the students a chance to see Newcastle, and have the ideas emerging out of the lectures applied to a particular city, and the walking tour enables them to apply these ideas themselves.

The formative assessment elements help students build their confidence and an early indication of how they are adjusting to degree level marking, and early feedback on how they might improve.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M10Notes on discussion of reading workshop (lined to workshop)
Essay1M15Structure/plan of essay for written assignment (linked to workshop)
Practical/lab report1M5Self-Guided walk around Newcastle
Essay1M701,500-2,000 written essay (min, 40% req. for this componenet only)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MReading Assignment - Week 3
Essay1MEssay Plan Assignment - Week 5
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignments are linked into the skills students are acquiring through the workshops, and attached to the written essay assignment. The skills related workshops draw on the knowledge content of the module to give students a chance to reflect on the material.

The formative assessment elements help students build their confidence and an early indication of how they are adjusting to degree level marking, and early feedback on how they might improve.

Reading Lists

Timetable