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Module

APL2001 : Alternative Practice: Theories and Practices

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Law
  • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Ballantyne, Professor Roger Burrows, Dr Christos Kakalis, Dr Diego Garcia Mejuto, Dr Ruth Raynor, Dr Abigail Schoneboom
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To critically explore, and gain knowledge and understanding of, theories underpinning alternative practices in architecture and planning.
To critique mainstream approaches to professional practice in the built environment.
To test theories of alternative practice in relation to ‘real world’ case studies.
To encourage the student to articulate a position in relation to the theoretical contexts of alternative practice in architecture and planning.

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of critical theories pertaining to architecture and planning, to include: Marxist and neo-Marxist approaches (for example, Harvey), Social Constructionist approaches (Bourdieu), Poststructuralist approaches (for example Foucault; Derrida), theories of democracy and their application (for example, participatory design, collaborative planning and community architecture), alternatives to market-centred interventions- mutualism, co-operatives etc.; professionalism and anti-professionalism (for example, Jacobs, Till); and ideas of rights, including rights to the city. Each theme will be illustrated with case study approaches from practice.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on Canvas each week.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Key reading tasks to accompany the x 9 short recordings (above) and the guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Essay (100% weighting)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Introductory online ReCAP/video (15-30 mins) Activity: familiarise yourself with the module handboo
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading93:0027:009 x 3 hour Guided independent study (themed reading and/or visual resources to support lecture topic
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion16:006:00Asynchronous Q & A session run over a day on Canvas discussion board to take account of time zones a
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Consolidating learning through in-depth discussion and problem solving activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Personal surgeries. Main queries will be anonymously summarised on a module discussion board
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Questions submitted in advance by email/discussion board/via a form, used to create a reference Q &
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Voice or video calls /live chat by appointments can be administered through Canvas Scheduler.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity91:009:00Student peer group reading and assessment discussion (mutual support group) – students will meet.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The Structured Guided Learning Activities provide a detailed explanation of the key issues and an examination of important literature. The Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities provide support for discussions about the application of the techniques to planning issues. The Guided Independent Study will enable students to both achieve the intended knowledge and skills outcomes identified for the module, as well as enabling to help them prepare for the creation of their assessment submission. This MOF does not include present in person (PiP) provision because this will be delivered at the programme level.
The 9 short lecture talks and materials will provide an overview of the key issues and theories along with relevant case studies. The 9 short lecture talks/materials provide the starting place for the teaching scaffold. Firstly, after watching the short lecture talks, students will then be asked to engage with
a)       3 hours of Guided independent study – involving reading and/or visual materials
b)       a 2-hour reading task on their own
As well as the lectures and the associated reading, (including the individual and group reading tasks) students will then take part in a series of online workshops (synchronous). These workshops provide structured discussion of particular issues through a mixture of small-group tasks and plenary discussion. From the short lectures, through the reading tasks and the workshops students will be able to scaffold their learning. The workshops in particular will allow students to apply what they have learnt in the short lectures (and guided independent study) to contemporary issues within town planning.
5 Drop in/surgery sessions will be available throughout the course so that students can gain easy access to a tutor.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002, 500 word assessment – the assessment will ask students to apply a theory they have learnt through the lectures and reading tasks.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MStudent peer group reading and assessment discussion (mutual support group) – students will meet to complete a summative assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

literature. The Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities provide support for discussions about the application of the techniques to planning issues. The Guided Independent Study will enable students to both achieve the intended knowledge and skills outcomes identified for the module, as well as enabling to help them prepare for the creation of their assessment submission.

There are two assessments for this module. The formative assessment which is only 500 words, will be an essay plan for the formative assessment. The summative assessment will also feed into a Student peer group reading and assessment discussion (mutual support group). In this support group (which will be set up at the beginning of the course) students will meet to complete a summative assessment – an essay plan - which will feed into the formative assessment. The formative assessment therefore builds on the summative assessment and will test the students’ ability to assemble and synthesize appropriate information to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of alternative practices in architecture and planning.

Reading Lists

Timetable