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Module

TCP2036 : Global Course on Institutional Design for Spatial Planning

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor John Pendlebury
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of the Global Course is to introduce students to theories, concepts and practice-oriented examples to understand the Institutional Design framework in different global contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will provide an international-comparative perspective on Institutional Design for Spatial Planning, from both a theoretical and practice-oriented perspective. The course introduces Institutional Design, the underlying theories, concepts, and frameworks, spanning from: (1) micro- to macro-scale, (2) past to the future, (3) generic to specific, and (4) material, organizational, and institutional level. Each University represents a specific institutional background, and therefore will provide an overview of its country practice specificities. Against the background of spatial planning and spatial interventions, two narratives will be presented in the course namely, one focusing on the theoretical discourses on the Institutional Design framework and another about the international comparison of Institutional Design practices.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00Pre-recorded by 5 universities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:001 per country contribution
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The delivery of the Global Course occurs in collaboration with 4 other universities across the globe. As such, the primary means of delivery has always been on-line and non-synchronous (given the impossibility of finding a suitable time in the US, Europe and east Asia). In this sense, it adapts well to current circumstances. However, it does mean any changes need to be negotiated with all partners. Discussions about the specifics of delivery this session have yet to begin.

Thus far the module has been comprised of pre-recorded web-based lectures. For Newcastle students, watching the lectures have been followed by workshop discussions to discuss lecture contents and ensure understanding.

This mode of delivery allows Newcastle students direct access to expertise on institutional design from academic staff in each of the participating countries.

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
Report2M40Students working in pairs or threes will describe the impact of the local Institutional Design (in their home country / region / cit
Report2M30: Individual reflective piece on the module and the topic selected (1500 words)
Report2M15A final combined report will be produced in which the Institutional Design of the UK, China, USA, the Netherlands, and Japan, combin
Report2M15These pairs/ threes will review the chapter written by another pair of students from one of the partner institutions (500 words). Th
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Report 1: Students working in pairs or threes will describe the impact of the local Institutional Design (in their home country / region / city) on their chosen topic. They reflect on Institutional Design while making use of the perspectives presented during the course. Students are encouraged to think of the scale level, history, underlying power balance of institutions and their outcomes (2000/3000 words).

Report 2: These pairs/ threes will review the chapter written by another pair of students from one of the partner institutions (500 words). The review helps the students to extract relevant variables on the basis of which the institutional systems can be compared, and forms the basis for the real international comparison.

Report 3: Individual reflective piece on the module and the topic selected (1500 words)

Report 4: A final combined report will be produced in which the Institutional Design of the UK, China, USA, the Netherlands, and Japan, combining the country chapters with an introduction and a conclusion (length contingent on number of students).

Reading Lists

Timetable