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Module

APL1001 : Alternative Practice: Histories

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Law
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To introduce the idea of alternative practices with reference to their historical context.
To introduce and critique ideas of urban utopia.
To introduce and critique the idea of professional intervention in the built environment.
To introduce ways in which values and ethics in the built environment have shifted over time.

Outline Of Syllabus

InThe first section of the course cover pedigreed discourses of planning and architecture, before the course moves towards several ‘alternative practice’ histories. Section 2 of the course contains sections on the ‘alternative architectural history’ movement, which grew out of the 60s and sessions on alternative land histories. Section 3 of the course includes teaching material on the re-emergence of non-pedigreed community (or ‘bottom up’) architecture in the global south and global north; and sessions on the history of community planning in the global north. Section 4 then turns from the past to the present and the future and in this last part of the course we examine themes problems relating to neo-liberalism and the environment. Specifically, we explore the way in which neo-liberalisms have created blandscapes, sites of precariousness and environmental damage and drawing upon architectural and planning ideas, we seek to examine future alternatives.

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory online ReCAP/video (15-30 mins) Activity: familiarise yourself with the module handboo
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials19:009:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on Canvas each week.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:009 x 1 hour Key reading tasks to accompany the x 9 short recordings
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Essay (100% weighting)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading91:009:009 x 1 hour Guided independent study (themed reading and/or visual resources to support lecture topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:003 x 1 hour seminars - Consolidating learning through in-depth discussion and problem solving activit
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion13:003:00Asynchronous Q & A session run over a day on Canvas discussion board to take account of time zones
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Personal surgeries. Main queries will be anonymously summarised on a module discussion board to ensu
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Personal surgeries. Will be divided in 2. Questions submitted in advance by email/discussion board/v
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity14:004:00Student peer group reading and assessment discussion (mutual support group) – students will meet to
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Personal surgeries. Student Q and A’s will be addressed in a recorded 2 hour PiP class.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Other independent study
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The Structured Guided Learning Activities provide a detailed explanation of the key issues and an examination of important literature. The Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities provide support for discussions about the application of the techniques to planning/architecture/urban 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.

This MOF DOES include present in person (PiP) provision. 5 hours of PiP will take place in the personal surgeries which accompany this module.

Non-synchronous teaching materials/podcasts provide the structure for student guided learning along with reading and essay preparation to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the alternative practice histories of planning, urbanism and architecture (as well as urban development issues). The workshops in this course will involve a series of short you tube films, which deal with global alternative practice histories; the visual component of this module will allow students to move beyond written texts so that they can engage with short online documentaries regarding the urban development process in a variety of world cities.

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
Essay2M1001, 200 word assessment – the assessment will ask students to apply a theory they have learnt through the lectures and reading tasks
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1MStudent peer group reading and assessment discussion (mutual support group) – students will meet to complete a formative assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Structured Guided Learning Activities provide a detailed explanation of the key issues and an examination of important literature. The Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities provide support for discussions about the application of the techniques to planning 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.

There are two assessments for this module. The first assessment, which is only 250 words, will be a formative assessment and will be an essay plan for the summative assessment. The formative assessment feeds into a Student peer group, where students will meet to discuss the course and the reading within the course so that they can share ideas in the development of their essay plans. The final summative essay will be 1,200 words and will test the students’ ability to assemble and synthesize appropriate information to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of alternative practices in architecture and planning.

Reading Lists

Timetable