TCP8010 : Planning Theory (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Donaldson
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Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To critically review past and present trends of planning theories
To develop an awareness of the main traditions of thought, key authors and their work in the planning field
To develop an awareness of relationships between planning theories, governance and planning policies

Planning Theory is a module designed to bring together theory and practice in what is generally termed praxis. Ideally, theory should underpin planning practice at all levels, in all types of plan- and policy-making. In turn, practice should inform theory. Theory, therefore, helps planners to understand the environments (social, economic and environmental) in which they plan, why they plan, and how they plan. By increasing understanding we may be able to better plan for the future.

Outline Of Syllabus

Weeks 1-3: Introduction
Weeks 4-10: Rationales and Policy Agendas, Understanding Planning Processes, Methods and Techniques, Evaluation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Includes discussion groups
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion128:0028:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A

Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures: to convey knowledge of the field and explore arguments.
Discussion groups: to explore arguments and to debate practical application and share understanding in preparation for the assessment

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment

Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1003000 word essay

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay allows students to explain the theories which they would recommend to the 'new planner/architect' citing key authors and concepts. Thus it is highly relevant to them at this early stage and allows them to de-mystify planning theory. This is assisted by sharing knowledge during the non-assessed discussion groups.

Reading Lists


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