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TCP1025 : Social Worlds

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Rose Gilroy
  • Lecturer: Professor Stephen Graham, Mr Clive Davies, Professor Tim Townshend
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This course introduces you to the key social economic and political concepts and issues affecting UK society and acts as a foundation for your future study.

Outline Of Syllabus

There are 4 blocks of material

Block 1: The global concerns: climate emergency, globalisation, urbanisation, demographic change

Block 2: Life chances: poverty, social exclusion and social justice, health, housing, and mobility as lenses through which to view inequalities, regional inequality and levelling up

Block 3: continuity and change: family and community; social movements

Block 4: Facets of identity: identity, class, disability, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00In person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Independent time to read and research on and to have group work to develop the group poster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00In person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Small group discussions Present in Person if possible or online
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion390:2013:0051 x 20 minute podcasts to deliver content
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.

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