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TCP1025 : Social Worlds

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Rose Gilroy
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce the key concepts and issues affecting social, economic, and political change in society as a foundation for future study.

To introduce the significance of evidence and its validity

To introduce and support the application of graduate conventions of research, writing and referencing

Outline Of Syllabus

The module has four blocks following the introduction

Block 1: Global concerns: climate emergency, globalisation, cities and security
Block 2: Inequality: Poverty, the welfare state; health; housing and inequalities; the role of families and community
Block 3: Making changes: Politics and government, social movements
Block 4: Who are we: Identity, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, age, disability and class

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00In person - introduction to the module and ways of learning including the Canvas material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Independent time to read and research on asst together with group work to develop the group poster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Small group discussions Present in Person if possible or online if not held alternate weeks
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion40:151:004 x 15 minute non synchronous introduction to each learning block
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion510:2017:0051 x 20 minute podcasts to deliver content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00PiP -Effective poster making, team working, library led sessions on research/reference can be online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery121:0012:00Zoom sessions available to support learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Opportunities for reading and reflection,
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is rich in podcast content that allows students to learn at their own pace – important in a first year course where independent learning is a new mode; opportunities for voicing their own views and learning from others in discussion; appreciating the diversity of views. Support for assignments and opportunities for private discussion with course leader.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601M50Take away exam. Students have one week to complete the exam and submit online
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M50A group poster (to be produced as a PDF online submission)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The poster assignment provided an alternative to the usual written forms of presenting an argument testing not only judgment on content but also ability to create a striking and visually pleasing graphic that can communicate without in person commentary. This is an early skill development exercise in working with others.
Assignment 2 is a take away exam paper that allows a student to take as much time or as little as they choose to answer 1 question from 3. Tests knowledge, the ability to develop an argument that is evidenced

Reading Lists