|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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.
Weeks 1-3: Introduction
Weeks 4-10: Rationales and Policy Agendas, Understanding Planning Processes, Methods and Techniques, Evaluation.
|Category||Activity||Number||Length||Student Hours||Academic Staff Contact Hours||Comment|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||28:00||28:00||0:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||22:00||Includes discussion groups|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||25:00||25:00||0:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||25:00||25:00||0:00||N/A|
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
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||100||3000 word essay|
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.
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