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APL3001 : Alternative Practice: Co-producing Space

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To facilitate a community project or intervention.
To apply theories, histories, case studies and approaches learnt through the alternative practice and related modules.
To situate the community project in relation to arguments for intervention in the built environment and an understanding of processes for change and the role of professionals and others in achieving it.
To demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of issues and problems pertaining to co-production in the built environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Initial introductory lecture.
Group workshops/tutorials and student site visits to explore the characteristics and dynamics of the community or locality, and to determine the issues that the project or intervention will address.
Group workshops/tutorials to determine possible co-production strategy.
Co-production work with community groups or individuals in the community.
Presentation of Strategy.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical28:0016:00Crit/Review days - presenting own work and attendance at other student's reviews
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work1108:00108:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Initial lecture introduces the module. Group tutorials allow students to gain from staff expertise and provides them with opportunities to discuss their particular co-production strategy. The fieldwork and private study enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the community (through field visits), and to follow up evidence in relation to it. It also provides time for students to reflect on key theoretical issues related to community engagement. Students will also need to organise their time/plan future actions, meet to discuss their various activities, and draw together their strategy and presentation (Group-learning).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M80Group portfolio inc. the design of a spatial intervention and report of the community engagement.
Reflective log2M20Individual Reflective Review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The co-production project addresses a real issue in a real community - usually in the North-East - and is conducted in conjunction with community groups. Students work with the community in small groups and their work includes the design and making of a live intervention. This tests the students' ability to understand a community and evaluate the issues at work, as well as articulate a co-produced spatial intervention (through a range of different media), and to reflect individually on the achievements/challenges/limitations of their project or intervention.

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