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TCP8052 : Urban Design Seminars

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ali Madanipour
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To develop an in-depth knowledge of urban space and urban design
2. To improve the students' capacity for critical debate

Outline Of Syllabus

The course involves intensive study of major issues in urban design from a variety of disciplines, architecture, urban design, town planning, urban studies, urban geography and urban sociology. The course emphasizes the theoretical debates which inform the processes of urban development and design. It involves reading, presenting and discussing set texts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for seminar presentation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Present in person seminar meetings. Alternatively: Scheduled online contact time.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities222:0044:00Reading papers and writing summaries in preparation for seminar discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Additional reading and research into the seminar topics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods of reading, presenting and discussing major writings on urban design enable the students to develop the necessary awareness of the key themes in urban design, become familiar with some of the major writers in the field, develop a critical understanding of these themes, develop the presentation and critical debate skills. The Present in Person element will be delivered at the programme level.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M100One seminar presentation, 22 written summaries, participating in and leading discussions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Intensive reading, production of summaries, participation in the discussions and presenting and leading seminars contribute to the development of a conceptual understanding of the issues in urban design, the development of presentation and critical debate skills.

Reading Lists