TCP2028 : Understanding Cities
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Stephen Graham
- Lecturer: Professor Geoff Vigar, Professor Rose Gilroy, Dr Andrew Law, Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Mr Stuart Cameron, Dr Suzanne Speak
- Other Staff: Miss Helen Coulson
- Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
• To build critical, social-scientific understanding of contemporary cities and processes of urban change.
• To give students an understanding of the key debates in contemporary urban theory.
• To link theoretical debates, processes of urban change, and urban policy and planning debates using specific case studies and examples.
This module uses a range of teaching styles – lectures, videos and discussions – to present a cutting-edge and critical introduction to the understanding of contemporary cities. The course addresses a wide range of types of cities; ’global’ cities such as London; postindustrial cities such as Newcastle; and Global South mega-cities such as Mumbai. Using the latest insights from a wide range of social-scientific research on urban change to address this wide range of examples, the module will allow students to gain insights into contemporary urban theory. It will use these to build an understanding of how contemporary cities are changing and how these changes raise major challenges for urban planning and policy making.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. Introduction: An urban planet
2. Postindustrial city
3. Polarised city
4. Ecological city Mobile city
5. Secure city
6. Ageing city
7. Resilient city
8. Informal city
9. Mobile city
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||55:00||55:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||55:00||55:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||1:00||11:00||Seminar|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||1:00||1:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||54:00||54:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
• The lectures will provide inputs of the theoretical and case study material.
• Seminars will provide exemplification of the case studies, video case studies and opportunities for students to discuss linkages between the theoretical, empirical and policy-centred elements of the course.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The assessed essay will be designed to assess student’s ability to connect theoretical, empirical and policy-relevant material.