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TCP8920 : Globalisation and Social Justice: Project

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William Otchere-Darko
  • Lecturer: Dr Gabriel Silvestre, Dr Natalia Villamizar Duarte
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To consider both the practical and theoretical roles of planning in the socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development of cities, especially in the Global South.

To develop the capacity to critically analyse urban development in situations which the student is not familiar with.

To challenge students to rethink their perceptions and understanding of the process of urbanisation cities of the Global South.

The module offers an opportunity to explore the relationship between urban planning and social justice in the context of a specific issue through individual project work. It involves a combination of lectures, discussions, workshops, informal presentations and project work. It offers the opportunity to test the transferability of theories and practices learned in the first semester to the context of a city in the Global South. The module is particularly suitable for students wishing to engage with international planning and global urban development.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction to the module. Reflection and links to semester 1.
2. Report writing / Case study 1: energy and social justice
3. Developing a case study / Case study 2: transport accessibility.
4. Collecting information / Case study 3: mega-events and urban regeneration
5. Policy review / Case study 4: urban informality
6. Critical thinking I / Case study discussion
7. Critical thinking II
8. Generating strategies / Climate justice
9. Formative presentations
10. Revised presentations
11. Conclusion and assignment discussion

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Introduction to the module, developing report skills and case study review, conclusion and assignment discussion.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Assessment is central to this module and will be built up through the weeks.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities22:004:00Formative presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Discussions of topics and projects. Linking of students internationally. PIP
Guided Independent StudyProject work128:0028:00Develop ideas, find and analyse data
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The rationale is to build up the project on topics introduced in semester 1 and work towards the report during the module. Scheduled sessions will link discussions developed in semester 1, introduce students to a range of case studies and develop their skills in critical analysis and report writing. Workshops will enable students to discuss the progress of their work and identify areas of development. Formative presentations will enable presentation of findings and receive feedback.

Based on one of the case studies presented, the project work allows students to explore planning issues in different institutional and cultural contexts. Linking with students in India for discussion will engender a deeper understanding of working in another context. This will also enable discussion for peer-to-peer learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Investigation into a planning issue or intervention in a context outside of the UK. 3,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project and final report demonstrate the student’s ability to focus on one specific aspect of planning or a specific planning intervention in another country. This will show how they identify, acquire, analyse and utilise data gained during lectures, discussions and through a desk-study.

The plan is to build up the research and write it up as the module progresses. This could allow sections to be written and submitted to build up the final piece as a portfolio, but will usually be a report.

Reading Lists