Module Catalogue 2020/21

TCP1026 : Understanding Place: Methods and Perspectives

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Georgiana Varna
  • Lecturer: Dr Ruth Raynor
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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1. To introduce students to the ways in which different places and people are constructed and the impacts this can have (particularly for planning professionals).
2. To introduce students to research methods and provide opportunities for practice in a fieldwork setting.
3. To provide students with an opportunity to understand past and present issues facing different places within Tyneside.

This module aims to enable students to gain an understanding of a particular place (through case study work and the use and analysis of multiple sources of data). Students will develop an awareness of different places within Tyneside and the ways in which different knowledges can impact on the development of an area and their own perceptions of place. Through completing this module students will develop an understanding of the constructions of different places and through critical analysis of material will identify the key issues facing these places. Students will develop and critically analyse and synthesise a range of data and materials as well as develop reflexive skills required for professional and scholarly development. This module develops further the skills learned and issues considered by TCP1024 Reading the City.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction
2. Conceptualising Places
3. Observation & Ethics
4. Statistics and GIS
5. Changing Places
6. Communities
7. Digital Places
8. Regeneration
9. Using Archives
10. Reflections

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate competence in literature and information searches and the analysis of existing knowledge.
2. Show an awareness of how different places have developed differently and how the this process impacts on the construction of the place.
3. Present and interpret data.
4. Summarise and discuss findings.
5. Reflect on the construction of places and their own experience (personally and/or professionally).

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will be expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate information search skills and critically analyse these in relation to their given case study.
2. Apply and practice an awareness of approaches to understanding about place (data sourcing and sources, collection and analysis).
3. Practice and take responsibility for time management and group working.
4. Develop oral and written communication skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion165:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading165:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study128:0028:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is designed to enhance student’s critical understandings of particular places and attendant issues that face different places (localities) within Tyne & Wear and how these have changes over time through students’ group studies of a given place and the studies collectively. The module is designed to introduce social science research knowledge and skills that will be built on in stage 2 (TCP2027) and prepare the student for undertaking an independent (supervised) research project on a topic selected by the student (TCP3099). Therefore, the module’s teaching and learning is provided through lectures, group tutorials and dedicated fieldwork sessions (key concepts are introduced in lectures, followed by periods of group fieldwork and practical tutorials for the groups to support learning). A reflexive element is introduced for the students to reflect on their own personal and/or professional developments in response to their particular place of study.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M20Group oral presentation on case study area
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M35Individual reflexive essay (750 words) to include submission of field log
Report2M45Group project report (2,000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All assessments enable students to consecutively build on prior knowledge of the study area and develop their skills and knowledge in relation to this.

Group work will be marked in accordance with the SAPL group work policy.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.