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Module

APL2035 : Participation: Theories & Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Armelle Tardiveau
  • Lecturer: Mr Daniel Mallo, Mrs Teresa Strachan
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to get you to:
a.       Develop a critical appreciation of the contexts for participation and the possibilities for action that these can create.
b.       Explore and understand the traditions of participation theories that can be drawn upon to promote engagement activity, considering methodologies, actors involved, organisational and delivery requirements that these might generate.
c.       Critically reflect on the value of one participatory approach or theme in its application to a chosen case study, considering the aims of the project the procedures used, the project outputs and the impact that it has generated in terms of it achieving its aims.
d.       Develop your skills of critical analysis of the narrative that supports a participatory approach, with a focus on one approach in particular.
e. Develop skills in preparing and designing participatory processes within the limitations of the project case study and any extension of it.
f. Reflect on the value of the chosen methodologies for a wider audience/ for wider architectural, planning or creative practice.


Themes introduced will include amongst others: Collaborative planning, participatory design, the activist approach, co-production and design – collective making, collective learning, etc.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Initial introductory lecture to module and to the mechanics of the assignments and learning support.
•       4 to 6 lectures presenting the key concepts relevant to the themes introduced.
•       Group project work presentation of a case study focusing on a theme and methodology.
•       Group workshops/ tutorials to support a pilot project/ scenario methodology and its associated components required in delivering an relevant participatory process.
•       Presentation of findings.
•       Reflective and critical appreciation of the benefits and limitations of the methodologies presented and engaged with through the Urban Room pilot project.

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 materials92:0018:00Non- synchronous online. Reading materials Pre-recorded lecture Videos
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Synchronous online, responding to student questions relating to groupwork and their understanding of
Guided Independent StudyProject work1155:00155:00Students progress group work and individual research towards assessments, drawing on online material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Synchronous online Sharing of academic theory and practice Split into 3 x 20 minute: underpinning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous online Student presentations and peer assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery52:0010:00Present in Person Additional assignment support
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Initial lectures contextualise the theory that creates the framework for various participatory processes. Students will then choose one of the project themes that have emerged from the theory and will then undertake a close examination of its key principles with reference to an appropriate case study and relevant academic literature. Group research and pilot project, along with private study will promote an in-depth understanding of participatory processes and how different methodologies have been applied. Group workshops and tutorials will support the students through this learning to a point where they are able to share their findings through to group presentation and individual essay.

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
Case study2M25Individual presentation showcasing learning on the case study, in front of peer audience (online) enabling 50% of this component to
Prof skill assessmnt2A25Group pilot study report that highlights the concerns of the City Actor and the recommended approach to engaging with them in addres
Essay2A50An individual essay reflecting on the appropriate participation theory in the context of the case study and how it has been informed
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignment One
Individual presentation showcasing learning on the case study, in front of peer audience (online) enabling 50% of this component to be peer assessed.
Assignment Two
Group pilot study report that highlights the concerns of the City Actor and the recommended approach to engaging with them in addressing these concerns, drawing on learning to date (2000 words)
Assignment Three
An individual essay reflecting on the appropriate participation theory in the context of the case study and how it has been informed by the pilot study (1500 words).

Reading Lists

Timetable