APL2001 : Alternative Practice: Theories and Practices
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Law
- Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To critically explore, and gain knowledge and understanding of, theories underpinning alternative practices in architecture and planning.
To critique mainstream approaches to professional practice in the built environment.
To test theories of alternative practice in relation to ‘real world’ case studies.
To encourage the student to articulate a position in relation to the theoretical contexts of alternative practice in architecture and planning.
Outline Of Syllabus
Review of critical theories pertaining to architecture and planning, to include: Marxist and neo-Marxist approaches (for example, Harvey), Social Constructionist approaches (Bourdieu), Poststructuralist approaches (for example Foucault; Derrida), theories of democracy and their application (for example, participatory design, collaborative planning and community architecture), alternatives to market-centred interventions- mutualism, co-operatives etc.; professionalism and anti-professionalism (for example, Jacobs, Till); and ideas of rights, including rights to the city. Each theme will be illustrated with case study approaches from practice.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||2:00||40:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||100:00||100:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||16||2:00||32:00||Seminar|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||28:00||28:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide the structure for student guided learning through reading and essay preparation to develop a more detailed knowledge and understanding of theories of alternative practice and their application in ‘real world’ case studies. Seminars will give an opportunity for student-led group presentations, developing and reinforcing the lecture material, giving students the chance to critically explore and test issues and ethical questions for themselves.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||20||Group Presentation|
|Written exercise||1||M||5||Group work - 3 forms|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Designed to test the students’ ability to assemble and synthesise appropriate information to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of alternative practices in architecture and planning. The group presentation component encourages students to critically explore, test and articulate their own ethical position. The group work dossier attached to the group presentation component also tests the students’ abilities to work in groups.