Module Catalogue 2020/21

APL1001 : Alternative Practice: Histories

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Law
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To introduce the idea of alternative practices with reference to their historical context.
To introduce and critique ideas of urban utopia.
To introduce and critique the idea of professional intervention in the built environment.
To introduce ways in which values and ethics in the built environment have shifted over time.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introducing traditional ideas of the ideal city, to include: historic utopias (for example the ancient, classical and renaissance city); socialist, anarchist and philanthropic ideas; modernist calls to order; plan and non-plan; globalisation, community and security.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

A1 Demonstrate understanding of the role of design, particularly as a communication tool, in the built environment.

A2 Evaluate arguments for intervention in the built environment and an understanding of processes for change and the role of professionals in achieving it.

A4 Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of issues and problems pertaining to the built environment.

A5 Demonstrates a historical awareness of planning interventions.

A6 Demonstrate a critical understanding of values and ethics in built environment intervention.

Intended Skill Outcomes

B3 Make effective use of evidence and information.

B4 Articulate reasoned arguments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Private study provides additional depth regarding historical awareness of planning interventions. Fieldwork, an urban walkabout, engages students directly with the consequences of different forms of planning thought and intervention.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1001500 word
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An essay will allow the student to explore an investigate one aspect of alternative practice in relationship to architecture and planning in detail.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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