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Module

APL3004 : Chinese Cultural History and Urban Development

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Law
  • Demonstrator: Mrs Qianqian Qin
  • Lecturer: Professor Rose Gilroy
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To give students an introduction to the history, culture and politics of China’s built cultural environment – including the planning and architecture of cities.
To give students an introduction to the contemporary issues that impinge upon China’s architecture, planning, cities and urban development process.
To enable students to understand the cultural ideas and politics that underpin the urban development process in China.
To introduce students to political opposition, resistance and alternative practice that exists in China to the urban development process.
To give students a broader understanding of Chinese visual culture and the relationship between Chinese visual culture and the built environment.
To give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding (and advance their criticality) of the UK's planning and architecture proclivities by contrasting them with a significantly different international context.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course starts out with a series of historical lectures that introduce students to Chinese cultural history and urban development. Particularly, the course examines philosophical and metaphysical ideas in ancient and imperial China before turning to the Republican and PRC eras. By lecture 5, the course, examines the PRC era from 1949 and looks at the various changes that have taken place in terms of the political system and the rise of the Socialist city. By lecture 7, the course turns to the post-Maoist era and therefore examines pressing Chunese urban issues including rural to urban migration, Hukou, urban erasure, the destruction of urban heritage and the rise of mono-cities, ghost cities and new forms of excessive development. Having examined the urban development process in China, this module then turns to the ‘export’ of urban infrastructure to the Global South and specifically, Africa (where China has already built roads, buildings, bridges, railways and cities). In looking at the problems with Chinese urban development, the course seeks to examine alternative policies and ideas that seem to be emerging within the party-state.

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 materials92:0018:00Key reading tasks to accompany the x 9 short recordings (above) and the guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on Canvas each week.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Introductory online ReCAP/video (15-30 mins) Activity: familiarise yourself with the module handboo
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Essay (100% weighting)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading93:0027:00Guided independent study (themed reading and/or visual resources to support lecture topics each week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Consolidating learning through in-depth discussion and problem solving activities
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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Voice or video calls /live chat by appointments can be administered through Canvas Scheduler.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Questions submitted in advance by email/discussion board/via a form, used to create a reference
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Personal surgeries. Main queries will be anonymously summarised on a module discussion board
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/architecture/urban 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.

Lecture materials provide the structure for student guided learning through reading and essay preparation to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the cultural history of planning, urbanism and architectural interventions in China (as well as urban development issues). The workshops will involve a series of short you tube films, which deal with urban development in China; the visual component of this module will allow students not simply to engage with written texts but with actual short online documentaries regarding the rural and urban development process in China.

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
Essay2M1002, 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

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.

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