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TCP8902 : The Reflexive Practitioner (MSc version)

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Geoff Vigar
  • Lecturer: Dr Andrew Law, Dr Abigail Schoneboom
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


•to critically discuss ethics and their relation to planning practice;
to review ideas about responsibility, professional duty and professionalism, with particular regard to planning;
to critically review the ways in which planners contribute their knowledge, skills and values in different contexts;
to critically review the organizational contexts in which planning is practised.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction : Twenty-First Century Town Planning and ideas of reflexive practice

Roles : what planners do in public, private and voluntary work settings

Clients : Who and what are planners working for?

Ethics : Consequentialist, deontological and virtue ethical schools

Power and Corruption in planning

Kindness and Compassion in Planning

Planning Work and Workplaces

Careers and organisational 'fit'

The Planning Profession

Conclusion: Becoming reflexive practitioners

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0022:00Reading to follow-up each lecture, one article per week for eleven weeks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Planning committee exposure: could be done online or in person selected by students themselves
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Structured lecture sessions will typically consist of a c.60 minute lecture followed by a more interactive second part focused on discussing a film, short article or other material.
Attendance at a planning committee and contributions from practising planners will explore the practical application of theories in practice.
Academic readings support and develop material from the structured sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1001 x essay (2,500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical nature of the material and the need for students to demonstrate discursively the complexities of ethical planning dilemmas makes an essay the obvious and best choice given their need to demonstrate: an understanding of relevant theories; an ability to connect theory and practice; an ability to make insightful, analytical comment; and, the construction of a logical argument

Reading Lists