Institute for Social Renewal


Undergraduate Learning and Teaching

The research produced at Newcastle is not only helping to find solutions to global challenges, it also has a huge impact on what we teach at undergraduate level. This is because, for the majority of our degrees, the staff doing the research are also the people who will be teaching you.

The University offers a wide range of modules suited to the degree programme the student selects.

Some examples of Undergraduate modules taught by academic Schools which relate to the theme of Social Renewal are:

SEL2206 Class, Nation and Identity - School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Module Leader: Dr Stacy Gillis


  • To introduce students to a broad range of contemporary texts drawn from a wide range of genres which may include fiction, film, poetry, graphic novel and television 
  • To explore ‘the contemporary’ through the themes of ‘Identity', ‘Class’ and ‘Nation’
  • To analyse the representation and articulation of these themes in selected texts and within specific social, cultural, historical, intellectual and economic contexts
  • To consider the relationship between ‘prize culture’ and the canon

Lectures and seminars will concentrate on the themes of Identity, Class and Nation and how these are mediated to consumers through the lens of ‘prize culture.’ The texts/authors studied on the module will vary from year to year according to staff expertise and may include fiction, poetry, film, graphic novels and TV. An indicative syllabus would include a range of British and American authors and directors.


CO8940: Delivering Regeneration - School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Module Leader: Dr Zan Gunn, in coordination with Mr Aidan Oswell


  • To enhance an understanding of the concepts and principles underlying social, economic and physical aspects of urban regeneration and the critical analysis of these concepts
  • To enhance an understanding of policy and practice in urban regeneration, and the roles and skill requirements of regeneration practitioners
  • To provide the opportunity for in-depth study of particular aspects of urban regeneration
  • To enhance knowledge and understanding of comparative international approaches to and examples of regeneration

This module will engage students with the following points of discussion:

  • Regeneration Policy and Process
  • Labour Market Failure, Worklessness and Regeneration
  • Community Led Regeneration – Theory and Practice
  • Can Regeneration Ever Provide Truly Sustainable Economic Development?
  • Growing Your Own: The Link Between Social Enterprise and Regeneration
  • Asian Tigers, BRICS and CIVETS: Regeneration in a changing world
  • The Regeneration Game: A Critical Analysis of Regeneration Interventions Over Time


COM3081: Digital Culture in a Networked World - School of Arts and Cultures

Module Leader: Dr James Ash


  • To extend students’ depth of knowledge and skills in interpretation of media and cultural theory in relation to new media technologies and the cultural practices associated with these technologies
  • To impart students’ with the critical analysis skills necessary to link media and cultural theory to specific contemporary examples of new media, thus enabling students’ to reflect on the current media environment in relation to politics and culture
  • To introduce students to cutting edge areas of interdisciplinary research across cultural geography and cultural theory in order to broaden their analytical capacity to create connections and associations between a range of research areas and topics in relation to new media

The module will discuss the difficulties of defining new media and the importance of placing new media within a historical context. Through a range of cultural theorists and contemporary examples, the module will then show how new media technologies are shaping everyday life on a range of levels from changing uses of public space to new forms of interpersonal sociality.

Drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary perspectives across mobility studies, software studies and cultural geography, students will be encouraged to see the broader importance of media theory for understanding and studying the contemporary world.


ACE2003: Landscape, Culture and Heritage - School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Module Leader: Dr Guy Garrod


  • To make students aware of the natural, historical and cultural factors that contribute to the character of today's countryside
  • To encourage students to perceive the composition and to assess the quality of cultural landscapes
  • To provide an introduction to the history of landscape appreciation in the UK
  • To introduce students to the origins and practice of landscape character assessment, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and to demonstrate their role in maintaining countryside character
  • To demonstrate how public and private institutions contribute towards the maintenance of landscape character and cultural heritage in the UK


LAW3041: Law, Gender and Sexuality - Newcastle Law School

Module Leader: Dr Nikki Godden


  • To provide students with an understanding of the relationships between law, and gender and sexual identities
  • To increase student’s knowledge of law’s situation and operation within social and political contexts
  • To enable students to critically analyse particular areas of law with regard to, and in light of, theories of gender and sexuality

This course aims to explore theories of gender, sexuality and law, discuss diversity in the legal profession, analyse sex, sexuality and violence through the study of rape trials and hate crime, interrogate the institutions of Marriage and Civil Partnerships and examine the legal regulation of reproduction and gender in the contexts of abortion and wrongful conception.

The module adopts a collaborative approach to learning and teaching in which students are encouraged to engage in academic debates, for example, by contributing to the weblog Inherently Human: Critical Perspectives on Law, Gender and Sexuality.