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TCP8920 : Globalisation and Social Justice: Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • 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 developing countries or 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 globalisation in a rapidly developing country.

The module offers an opportunity to explore the relationship between globalization, urban planning and social justice in the context of a specific issue (usually in a developing country) through individual project work. It involves a combination of discussions, informal presentations and project work. It offers the opportunity to test the transferability of theories and practices learned in the first semester to a developing country’s context. The module is particularly suitable for students wishing to engage in planning and urban development outside of the UK, especially in developing countries. The example of India will be used to illustrate some of the issues, drawing on staff research, with additional discussions of other countries and contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the module. Reflection and links to semester 1.
Planning in developing countries and rapidly urbanising contexts.
Urban planning in India. Developing a case study.
Project ideas and plans. Critical thinking.
Learning from each other. Drawing on current affairs.
Links to globalisation.
Links to social justice.
Conversations with students in India.
Assignment support.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:151:00Pre-recorded key points. Pre-recorded conversations between academics in UK and India
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessment is central to this module and will be built up through the weeks.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Introduction to the module.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Activities to support workshop discussions and to develop the projects
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops102:0020:00Discussions of topics and projects. Linking of students internationally. PIP
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00Develop ideas, find and analyse data
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion71:007:00Get students discussing topics and peer learning. Hopefully linking to students in India.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The rationale is to build up the project and work towards the report during the module. Asynchronous online discussions and reflections will support this, with ongoing formative assessment. And this will be reinforced in synchronous sessions that will allow students to present and discuss issues.

The pre-recorded lecture materials and expert conversations will convey broad knowledge and information in preparation for considering issues in new or different contexts. Project work allows students to explore planning issues in different intuitional 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
Research paper2M100Investigation into a planning issue or intervention in a context outside of the UK. 3,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal2MThis is part of the ongoing formative assessment in this module that supports the creation of the final paper. It is intended to bec
Oral Presentation2MThis is part of the ongoing formative assessment in this module that supports the creation of the final paper
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