Module Catalogue 2020/21

TCP8941 : Planning Practice and Climate Change (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Maggie Roe
  • Lecturer: Mr Clive Davies
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1. To develop an understanding of the impacts, responses, and contested solutions to climate change issues in relation to planning
2. To develop an understanding of key environmental policy and planning principles relating to climate change issues
3. To develop a critical awareness of the processes of environmental knowledge production in relation to climate change

This module aims to explore key environmental issues and processes, focussing on planning for climate change. The emphasis is on the impacts that a problem has, how solutions are negotiated, and decisions made. The module frames the discussion within the context of environmental planning, policy and legislation. A critical awareness of the processes of environmental knowledge production in relation to climate change issues is developed through an examination of various sources of information. Information about environmental issues often comes from varied and contradictory sources, and this module aims to develop in students the skills to be able to reflect upon and evaluate them in an increasingly sophisticated way.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will include topics such as:
Introduction to the contested areas of cliamte change understanding and the role of the Planners in responding to climate change issues
Planning Policy context in relation to climate change
Responses to climate change through planning in key areas through seminars and workshops e.g. water and flooding, city planning and green planning, rural areas, social issues, energy production
Other issues will be covered through student study and presentations
Information gathering through media scanning and discussion of other sources

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. An understanding of key environmental policy and planning principles relating to climate change responses
2. An understanding of the planning policy context for responding to climate change
3. An understanding of the key issues facing planners in practice and the approaches and important tools available to practitioners in relation to climate change issues
4. An understanding of the construction of knowledge and knowledge sources relating to climate change issues

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:
• respond to planning problems relating to key climate change issues
• demonstrate an understanding of the contested nature of environmental problems and solutions focussing on climate change issues.

Key skills which students should expect to absorb in this module:

1. Inter-disciplinary and inter-professional skills
- Social and environmental awareness: central to this module is an understanding the integration of social, economic and environmental issues in Planning responses to climate change

2. Study skills and research
- reflection: this module requires that students consider the wider ethical context of everyday practices in relation to climate change issues, as citizens and as professionals
- Data sourcing and gathering: through coursework students will demonstrate their ability to source, analyse and use key information as the basis for decision making in planning practice in relation to climate change issues

3. Critical awareness of the construction of knowledge
- Evaluation: students should be aware of the construction of knowledge and be able to critically evaluate different sources in a highly contested and changing area of understanding and policy

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Briefing and support for students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Combination of lecture/seminar/workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops43:0012:00Practitioner-led & student led/includes walkabout
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1691:00169:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the main structure for student guided learning through reading and essay preparation to develop a more detailed knowledge and understanding of issues related to planning for climate change. Workshops allow for detailed exploration and discussion of related issues with practitioner as well as student peers. Seminar sessions act as a springboard for discussion of resource materials and the nature of knowledge construction. Students will be expected to carry out some of preparation for these sessions. Students' presentations provide students the chance to prepare and discuss further related issues with their peers and practitioners working in the field and to accumulate baseline information on the subject.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M70Individual written work - max 3000 words
Essay2M30Written assessment/group oral presentation - max 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Designed to test the students’ ability to assemble and synthesise appropriate information to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of climate change issues relating to planning practice. The assessment provides the students with opportunities to explore their interests (which will help them select topics for the coursework), gain insight into a wide range of related issues relevant to planning practice and share/discuss information with peers, thereby gaining group working skills. Formative feedback is provided on the presentation (oral and graphic/ppt) and on evidence of collaborative working skills. The group coursework tests analytical skills using material gathered from a variety of sources and constructed into a format commonly used in professional practice. The individual coursework tests analytical, research and report-writing skills.


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.