TCP3054 : Planning Theory and Politics
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Law
- Lecturer: Dr Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes, Dr David Webb, Dr Andrew Donaldson
- Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module examines the ways in which the practice of planning has been imagined, explained and justified. It addresses the political and ethical dimensions of planning practice using the lens of various theories of planning, power and urban development. It considers the distributional aspects of planning and a range of political and organisational rationalities that shape and constrain planning practice. Overall, the module aims to develop a strong constructive critique of planning practice, to engender greater reflexivity in students about the position of the planner in urban change.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will cover the following themes:
Introduction and overview of planning theories and typologies.
Facts and values – (it’s all politics!)
Power and intervention
Political and organisational rationalities (including neoliberalism and expertise)
Changing urban theory
What is the public (who do we plan for)?
Key schools of planning theory:
Communicative and collaborative
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||82:00||82:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||6||2:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||2:00||2:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures provide an overview of the key issues and theories along with relevant case studies. The workshops provide structured discussion of particular issues through a mixture of small-group tasks and plenary discussion. Five of the workshops will be structured around answering questions for the first assessment, the sixth workshop will be a peer review session, where students can discuss their draft responses. The drop in/surgery session will be in week 12 and will be an opportunity for feedback on draft essays for the final assignment.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||50||Coursework: Based on workshops, short response to a series of questions set at beginning of module. Approx 2000 words, due in Dec.|
|Essay||1||M||50||2000 word essay on a vision of planning practice for 2020, due in January.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Workshops will involve discussion of key political problems in planning practice and short answers will link theory to problem solving in these cases. The aim is to develop individual understanding of planning theory and politics through group discussion. The assessment is based on short write ups of discussion results.
The essay tests the ability of the students to think creatively and critically about planning practice through using new theories and integrating these with knowledge introduced in earlier stages of the programme. The focus of the question is deliberately not an application of theory to an existing problem, but rather an opportunity for students to develop their own theoretical synthesis. This provides a different form of intellectual challenge to other assessment across stage 3 of the programme.