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Module

TCP1027 : Shaping Towns and Cities

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tim Townshend
  • Lecturer: Dr Diego Garcia Mejuto
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module seeks to:

•       introduce students to the context and development of ideas about cities and urban spaces, paying particular attention to the historical emergence and development of planning ideas, their advocates, their outcomes and their influence today;
•       provide an overview of planning history to help students understand the development of British towns and cities, within the context of the development of the British planning system - with an introduction on how British planning was exported to other countries during the colonial period (and the impacts of this)
•       help students to appreciate the importance of social economic, political and technological factors in shaping urban space.

The content outlined above will - in parallel - provide practice material to teach students a range of academic study skills required for them to complete their degree in Town Planning successfully.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will be delivered as blended learning with synchronous on-line and PiP session – (unless they need to be moved on-line)

The course will include the following lectures:
Course Introduction
19th Century Urban Problems
Early Planning Solutions and Seers
Metroland and Urban Sprawl
Modernism
New Towns
Modernsim
Citizen Engagement
Colonial Influence
Contemporary Planning Issues

The course will include the following workshop seminars
Critical Reading
Putting it Together
Assessing Students' Work
Choosing an Essay Topic
Essay Planning
Referencing and Plagiariam
Essay Surgery

There is also a self-directed field study

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Synchronous or PiP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1110:00110:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching72:0014:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Synchronous
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide engage with the knowledge content of the module, and the workshops, walking tour, and various skills related assignments help them to use this material.

The skills tasks are related to the knowledge content to maximise the interaction between the material (ensure relevance in both directions – skill and knowledge elements).

The formative assessment elements help students build their confidence and an early indication of how they are adjusting to degree level marking, and early feedback on how they might improve.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Notes on discussion of reading workshop (linked to workshop)
Essay1M801,500-2,000 written essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MEssay Plan Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignments are linked into the skills students are acquiring through the workshops, and attached to the written essay assignment. The skills related workshops draw on the knowledge content of the module to give students a chance to reflect on the material.

The formative assessment elements help students build their confidence and an early indication of how they are adjusting to degree level marking, and early feedback on how they might improve.

Reading Lists

Timetable