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Module

TCP1026 : Understanding Place: Methods and Perspectives

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Georgiana Varna
  • Lecturer: Professor Roger Burrows, Dr Ruth Raynor
  • 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 enable students to gain an understanding of a particular place (through case study work and the use and analysis of multiple sources of data). Students will develop an awareness of different places within Tyneside and beyond, and different methodologies used to construct various understandings of these, as well as the ways in which different knowledges can impact on the development of an area and their own perceptions of place. Through completing this module students will develop an understanding of the constructions of different places and through critical analysis of material will identify the key issues facing these places. Students will develop and critically analyse and synthesise a range of data and materials as well as develop reflexive skills required for professional and scholarly development. This module develops further the skills learned and issues considered by TCP1024 Shaping Towns and Cities.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is designed to enhance students’ critical understandings of particular places and attendant issues that face different places (localities) within Newcastle, Tyne & Wear and beyond, how these have changes over time through students’ group studies of a given place and the studies collectively. The module is designed to introduce social science research knowledge and skills that will be built on in stage 2 (TCP2027) and prepare the student for undertaking an independent (supervised) research project on a topic selected by the student (TCP3099). Therefore, the module’s teaching and learning is provided through online lectures, group tutorials and dedicated discussion sessions on key dimensions of the multi layered concepts of place. This will include issues such as perceptions and experiences of place, urban design conceptions of place, sociological interpretations of place, feminist and post-colonial debates on place as well as sessions on the art of the survey or contemporary digital methods to capture complexities of place.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Collecting material and writing time focussed on completing Assessment 1 - the critical essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00Viewing and understanding standard podcast lecture material (30 mins added for students to understan
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:009 x 1 hour student engagement in non-synchronous Q and A discussion board sessions. Need to introduc
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading10:150:15Welcome video: Setting out programme content, background reading, delivery methods, assessment arran
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading90:050:45Short “Two Minute Trailer” videos setting out topic and reading for the week ahead
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities146:0046:00specific reading on methodologies for analysing places
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:0018:00 hours of online synchronous workshop/discussion sessions will debate theoretical and current i
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:0010:00h preparation for these online seminars (1h/week for first 8 weeks and 2h in Week 9 when a larg
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00discussion to be held to link together various themes the course touched on and synthetise them.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The Structured Guided Learning Activities provide a detailed explanation of the key issues and an examination of important literatures and methodological approaches in relation to the main theme of the project: place. The Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities provide support for discussions about the application of the theoretical and methodological concepts presented in the lecture material to current urban and global 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.

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
Essay2M50Individually, students will have to write a critical essay of max 2500 words reflecting on the importance of looking at place from a
Reflective log2M40Students will be asked to produce a multi media visual log of a place they love or of Newcastle, by using multiple methods and persp
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Monitored through discussion boards on canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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Reading Lists

Timetable