Module Catalogue

TCP2035 : Study Visit

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Georgiana Varna
  • Lecturer: Dr Neil Adrian Powe, Mr Clive Davies
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to enable students to gain an understanding of a particular place in another international context, the actual location/s varying from year to year.

The main Intended Knowledge Outcomes are:

1. Greater awareness of different cultural approaches to planning, design architecture, development in another country;

2. More knowledge and understanding of specific practice issues in another country;

3.Insight into the different ways in which planning, urban design, architecture practices are conducted in other countries within different planning and legal systems

The main Intended Skills Outcomes are:

1.Development of analytical skills – ability to reflect critically on another country’s practice and to consider the UK’s practices in a more comparative light
2.Development of data collection skills in situ
3.Development of team work skills
4.Development of oral presentation skills

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 3workshops ahead of the fieldtrip, and 1 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 completion901:0090:00Reading to understand general themes and concepts presented through fieldtrip as per directed in rec
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials60:252:30Viewing and understanding standard podcast lecture material (30 minutes added for students to unders
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Contact face2face time - PiP. Workshop in person to discuss fieldtrip experience upon return to Newc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Contact face2face time PiP: 3 sessions of meeting up and discussing fieldtrip preparations both prac
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork84:0032:00Contact face 2 face time - PiP: fieldtrip days
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study671:0067:00Reading related to case study areas contexts, cultures, policies, planning & landscape issues
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Welcome & overall module presentation video. Setting out prog contend, background reading etc Online
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. 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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M40Students will undertake group presentations based on work undertaken during field trip
Written exercise2M602000 word individual written assignment on a topic related to site visits covered
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first assignment, the group presentation is meant to hone students’ group work skills, introduced in Stage 1 and which need consolidated in Stage 2 and is also meant to allow them to find a space to share their experiences and critical reflections on the visited location. The presentation also helps with developing students’ visual presentation skills needed in their future planning profession.

The second assignment, the individual essay asks students to develop their critical thinking skills related to comparative urban planning systems and dive deeper in the main concepts, themes and debates raised throughout the Course.

Reading Lists