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TCP1026 : Understanding Place: Methods and Perspectives

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Georgiana Varna
  • Lecturer: Dr Ruth Raynor, Prof. Roger Burrows
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 TCP1027 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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Viewing and understanding standard podcast lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion198:0098:00Collecting material and writing time focussed on completing Assessment 1 - the critical essay
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading100:050:50Short “Two Minute Trailer” videos setting out topic and reading for the week ahead
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading146:0046:00specific reading on methodologies for analysing places
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00PiP: 22:00 hours of in person synchronous workshop/discussion sessions will debate theoretical/curre
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time111:0011:0011 x 1 hour student & instructor engagement in non-synchronous Q and A discussion board sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:100:10Welcome video: Setting out programme content, background reading, delivery methods, assessment arran
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

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M50Short video (10 minutes) documenting historical, cultural, artistic or political components of place
Reflective log2M40Students will be asked to produce a storymap, a multimedia visual narrative in storymap format
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Participation in discussion boards on canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship


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