TCP2035 : Study Visit

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module seeks to enable student to develop a more detailed understanding of contemporary practice (in architecture, urban design, and/or planning) in a different cultural context and to reflect on these approaches.
The module includes a self-funded fieldtrip to the country being explored

Outline Of Syllabus

This module offers a comparative exploration of aspects of planning, urban design and/or architectural practices in another country. (The choice of destinations and foci of the fieldtrips will be confirmed/presented each year as part of students’ options choice presentation).

Given the differences in planning systems and planning/architectural history across the world, focusing on a particular specified country, this module allows students to understand the different social, economic, cultural and political situations that practitioners in different national contexts face.

It allows students to become familiar with this particular country’s context for planning, urban design, and/or architecture to understand how these influence planning, urban design, and/or architecture practices within this country.

And it allows students to critically reflect on this different country’s practices (and mainstream architectural and planning practices), and comparatively on practices that are available in the UK.

The main focus of the module is a (self-funded) fieldtrip but the course also includes 5 workshops ahead of the fieldtrip, and 2 follow up sessions on our return.

Students should only choose this option if they intend to come on the fieldtrip.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops72:0014:00to prepare students for country's practice context, issues & introduce students to fieldtrips focus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork140:0040:00Fieldtrip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study481:0048:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The workshops will unpack key issues relating to the country being visited, its context and practices before the commencement of a fieldtrip which will involve a great deal of independent and guided study. On return to Newcastle, 2 more workshops will be made available to reflect on what was learnt and digested on the trip. The workshops and the fieldtrip feed into the learning outcomes of the course because:

1)The workshops will draw out key contextual differences students need to be aware of and practice themes for the country in question.
2)The actual fieldtrip itself (and the visits to particular sites, and/or meeting particular practitioners) will allow students to experience different practice in a different situation first hand.
3) Both the workshops and the fieldtrip will allow students to understand how different practices differs between the UK and the country in question.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination602M20Presentation 4 X 15 mins presentation during module
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M802-2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assessment is designed to allow students to write critically about an aspect of their fieldtrip in a reflective, comparative way, demonstrating a good understanding of the locality, the topic the student has chosen to explore and a sense of how this is different from practice in the UK.

Reading Lists