Geography and Planning

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Learn more about the modules study abroad students can take at the School of Geography and Planning.

Module codeCP0120
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module introduces students to key aspects of inequality in contemporary British society and considers contrasting theoretical perspectives to explain these.  Sociological theories are used to make sense of contemporary social change.  The lecture programme reflects current policy and academic debates which allows for a consideration of, amongst other topics, social exclusion, social mobility, riots and civic unrest, racial and gendered discrimination, social capital and the “Big Society”, consumption, identity and cultural capital and the spatialisation of social class.  It provides a context for planners and geographers to understand the spatial consequences of social change and an introduction to a range of sociological theoretical perspectives which seek to explain these.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 60%
  • Written assessment: 40%
Module codeCP0121
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

The module introduces students to basic planning and plan making concepts through a mix of theory and practice orientated teaching. There is a specific focus on concepts, best practice, and current approaches related to land use planning, settlement structure and organisation, and the built environment.

Students have to explore elements of the urban fabric, urban form, accessibility, land use, physical development and design in existing places as a precursor to producing a conceptual design of a “new neighbourhood.” Students will be introduced to observation techniques and methods for analysing and assessing urban settings including a building site in terms of aesthetic and functional qualities (permeability, legibility, flood risk, protected habitats, conservation etc.). They also will be introduced to digital mapping resources and graphic software applications. Problem solving approaches, team working, elementary drawing and various presentation skills are learnt in a series of workshops and activities.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Oral/aural assessment: 50%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
Module codeCP0138
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

The transition to undergraduate study can be extremely challenging as students are expected to acquire a considerable new skill set, whilst also studying demanding material. The Study Skills module aims to support students through this transition by introducing them to new skills (such as identifying and referencing literature and different writing styles) and major pitfalls (such as plagiarism) in a supportive environment. Study Skills is not delivered in abstract from the rest of the degree; assignments and discussions will relate directly to the modules studied during the first year. Moreover, Study Skills will provide a setting within which the common threads between different modules can be brought together.

Assessment

  • Presentation: 20%
  • Written assessment: 45%
  • Report: 35%
Module codeCP0140
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

 

What is geography? What do geographers do? These are questions that you are bound to be asked at some point over the next few years, whether by an elderly relative or a prospective employer. But what would your answer be? This module will help you answer these questions.

 

This module starts with the assumption that there are some particular ways that geographers ask questions about, and contribute to understandings of, the world. There are also key ideas that geographers often use. These create a way of looking at the world which we might call the geographical imagination. In this module we will explore this geographical imagination. Understandings developed here will underpin your work later in your degree, and by the end of the module you will be able to provide your own answers to the questions: What is geography? What do geographers do? 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0141
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

For the first time in history more than half the world’s population now live in urban areas - understanding cities has never been more important. This module serves both to introduce students to the sub-discipline of urban geography, and to examine how cities function and operate, using key tools and concepts of the field. The module covers a range of themes and issues, including: theorisations of urban space and place; social relations and spatial structures; issues of urban economy, power and socio-spatial inequalities; urban policy attempts at combating uneven development; inequality and regeneration strategies; and social injustice in the form of social exclusion, the ‘underclass’ and spatial polarisation. Overall, the module has strong theoretical, conceptual and empirical components that seek to develop students’ understanding of the fundamental social and spatial dynamics of contemporary cities.

 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
Module codeCP0142
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

Human Geography is a dynamic discipline, changing its orientation and preoccupations in response to internal debates and external pressures. As a consequence, the ‘big questions’ geography asks, and seeks to answer, are always changing. This module identifies the key debates and issues that the discipline is exploring in the contemporary era. It does so by focusing on key sub-disciplinary areas that form the basis for modules in the second and third year of the degree (e.g. economic geography, social geography, cultural geography, political geography), and illustrating the key internal debates and external pressures that are driving the development of the discipline. 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0143
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module examines the origins of spatial planning in Britain and explains how the current system has evolved. Particular attention is given to key themes in the emergence of British planning: its emergence as a local government activity; the impact of professionalisation and ‘visionary’ thinkers; changing political ideologies, and the shifting spatial scales of planning. Building on this historical foundation in the second half of the module, students will be introduced to the current structure of planning - its institutional, legal and political basis - with links being made to emerging debates about spatial planning at national, local and European scales. Students will be given a chance to observe planning decision-making processes in a planning committee meeting and examine the development of a new town.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 85%
  • Class test: 15%
Module codeCP0144
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module is concerned with the nature of urban economies.  Taught at an introductory level, it examines why and how urban economies take particular forms across the world.  A crucial element of the module is to examine the influence of various global, national and regional factors that impact upon urban economies, such as the rise of globalisation, social inequalities and environmental issues.  One further important aspect of the module is to examine impact of planning and policy on urban economies. These areas are generally concerned with fostering economic prosperity and societal equalities, often by modifying people’s behaviour to alleviate undesirable effects of wealth-generating activities. Understanding the nature of these urban economies is therefore of crucial importance for all planning and policy making activity.  The module uses lectures to introduce key analytical ideas, concepts and readings, and seminars to enable students to understand and explore these ideas in more detail.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
Module codeCP0145
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module provides students of planning with an insight into the property development industry. The primary objective of the module is to provide students with the knowledge and awareness of the property industry to enable them to make realistic and effective interventions in the production of the built environment.

 

The overall objective of the module is to ensure planning students can demonstrate an understanding of the workings of the property development sector and therefore deliver sensible interventions to achieve planning objectives.

The module aims to:

  • Provide students of planning with an understanding of the operation of the property development sector;
  • Provide students with an understanding of key sectors of principal relevance to land-use planning.

Assessment

  • Report: 50%
  • Examination - autumn semester: 50%
Module codeCP0146
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module introduces students to rural geography and contemporary issues facing the countryside. The module provides a history of the nature of rural geography and its struggle to define who and what counts as rural. The module considers contemporary rural restructuring, covering regimes of agricultural production; the production and consumption of rural landscapes; contestation over the use of the countryside; population change in rural environments; and marginal rural livelihoods In developing countries, the module considers debates over agricultural development and approaches to rural development.

 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
Module codeCP0210
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module is about cities, planning and markets. It is concerned with the way cities grow and take shape at the interface of markets and government policy. It is divided into two parts. The first part (spatial economic models) examines the dynamics of urban growth and urban changes – how spatial economic patterns emerge, evolve to shape cities and progress through an urban life cycle. It explores the processes by which land and property are allocated to competing uses. It looks at the spatial order that emerges as individuals, households, firms and governments make location and investment choices. It does this by reviewing the principal spatial economic models of the 20th century.

Having considered the complex dynamics of urban system using elements of economic theory, the second part of the module extends that theory to help students understand the purpose and limitations of planning through a mock consultancy project.

Overall, the module investigates the complex relationships between space, planning and markets using contemporary economic and geographical perspectives. It considers the importance of space and location in determining market and planning outcomes.

Assessment

  • Presentation: 60%
  • Written assessment: 40%
Module codeCP0211
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module is about the spatial dimensions of economic activity - i.e. why and where businesses create jobs and wealth, where people work and earn money, how and where firms create jobs and wealth, and the role of the state in shaping the geographies of economies. The module primarily focuses on analysing manufacturing and service sectors, using contemporary economic geography perspectives. It also considers the role of different actors (such as large transnational firms and governments) in shaping the geography of economic activity. The module uses lectures to introduce key analytical ideas, concepts and readings, and uses workshops and discussions to enable students to understand and explore these ideas in more detail.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0221
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module will argue that cultural ideas, groups, and practices are fundamental to the ways the spaces and places around us are created and changed. Culture helps form our identity, our neighbourhoods, our cities, and our nations. Culture is therefore inherently social, but also geographical. Culture builds us, and our worlds.

 

This module critically engages with how geographers have looked at the idea and practice of ‘culture’, and how the geographies of which we are a part are defined by how different cultural groups take and make the places in which we live.

 

As part of this critical engagement, the module considers how our attachments to place and our exercise of power are crucial components to our cultural identity. The module explores cultures of youth, capitalism, ethnicity, nature, language, and the body through interactive lectures and discussion in seminars. It will appeal to students interested in understanding how culture, identity, and geography are strongly intertwined in our daily lives.

 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0250
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This is a project based course. This will involve the application of planning and design principles to the development of a mixed-use design scheme for a large site. Through this, students will learn about urban design, site planning issues and how planners deal with the design of development in their work. They will also get an insight into the design process and learn basic graphic, design and presentations skills in order to produce their final design scheme.

 

Students will then be taught the principles of valuation in order to judge the commercial viability of development schemes, and in order to understand the relationship between the form a development takes and its value to consumers and developers. Students will have to complete two forms of valuation, and learn the value of the different approaches.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0251
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module provides a broad but applied introduction to key concepts and topics in environmental policy and planning. Students are introduced to the following key debates: (i) sustainable development, environmental limits and ‘happy degrowth’; (ii) growth of environmentalism and the greening of party politics (iii) greening of public and private sector organisations; (iv) climate change science and spatial planning, and (v) the politics and policy of climate change. Using these concepts, the module examines the scope for integrating environmental concerns into decision making, focusing particularly at the UK local government level. It also explores the merits of local environmental strategies, development planning, environmental indicators and environmental assessment ‘tools’ for promoting sustainable development.

Assessment

  • Class test: 50%
  • Report: 50%
Module codeCP0252
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

Planners play an important role in regulating and managing development. This module explores the legal, regulatory and policy tools available to planners for managing development. In addition, it explores the various objectives that guide the use of these tools, as expressed through plans and policies at different scales. The module is a particularly valuable one for anyone intending to work in planning practice.

 

 

The module is designed to:

 

  1. Provide students with an understanding about the basis of law and the legal principles governing planning practice in England and Wales;
  2. Introduce students to the key planning policy instruments used by governments at central, regional and local levels of the planning system;
  3. Familiarise students with the range of instruments and controls available to planners to regulate development.

 

The module is delivered in the Spring semester. The module comprises a series of lectures that primarily address matters of planning law, complemented by some interactive, workshop-style sessions. The material in the later parts of the module is focused on understanding the planning policy framework and the practical operation of the development management system. At the end of the module students will have a good understanding of the British statutory planning system covering both planning policy and development management.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0253
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module will provide an overview of the development of human geographical thought. It will introduce how the cutting edge of the discipline continues the historical development of theory but also challenges it, offering new and exciting empirical spaces to study, alongside vibrant theoretical approaches with which to understand them. The module demonstrates how the careful construction of theoretical approaches might help students develop their own arguments within the geographical discipline and in related areas such as planning.

 

The main aims of the module are as follows:

  • To familiarise students with the intellectual terrain of Human Geography
  • To show how historical geographical ideas have shaped the development of the discipline in the present day
  • To show how current geographical ‘paradigms’ challenge those of the past and offer new perspectives on the world
  • To introduce key texts and commentaries
  • To develop critical evaluations of geographical thought
  • To show how geographical ideas can be applied to the analysis of particular subject areas

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0254
LevelL5
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

Qualitative methods are fundamental to much research in contemporary Human Geography and Planning. Many of you will choose to use qualitative methods in your dissertations or final year projects, and many of you will find qualitative research skills useful in your future careers.

 

Building on the qualitative research methods covered in the Year One module Introducing Research Methods (CP0136), this module broadens the range of qualitative research methods you are able to critically assess and use in your research projects. The module begins by emphasising the key methodological choices that need to be made when designing a research project, and moves on to introduce you to advanced qualitative methods, including ethnography, phonography, mobile methods, and film.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 60%
  • Written assessment: 40%
Module codeCP0255
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module builds and strengthens the insights and skills on research methodology gained from the CP0136 Introducing Research Methods in Year One.

 

This module develops these skills by broadening the range of quantitative research methods students are able to critically assess and use in their research projects and dissertation.

 

Quantitative methods, and statistical methods in particular, are highly sought after by a whole range of employers, policy makers and stakeholders and the module represents key training in these geography and planning methods and develops important transferable skills in the job market.

 

The module begins by highlighting quantitative research in geography, planning and policy, introduces questionnaires and surveys as a form of data collection and then discusses sampling strategies, population distributions and hypothesis testing before covering a range of statistical techniques within the context of undertaking a group project.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 60%
  • Examination - spring semester: 40%
Module codeCP0256
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

The module focuses on development as the process of enlarging people’s choices, in line with the human development approach. It concentrates on what hinders development and how it can happen. There is strong emphasis on case studies and topics within the area of development studies. After an overview of some basic theoretical concepts we move on to the study of specific issues such as population growth, agricultural transformation, the environment, international trade and international aid.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 25%
  • Examination - spring semester: 75%
Module codeCP0310
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module invites students to reflect on their knowledge of their ‘home’ planning system from an international and comparative perspective. It explains the international forces driving changes to planning cultures, such as economic and environmental globalisation, Europeanisation and cross-national policy learning, and considers how far the present and future forms of planning in different national settings reflects political, social and administrative cultures. Key components of planning law and practice (e.g. definitions of development, scope for discretion, role and status of plans, opportunities for participation, national-to-local relations) are analysed through a series of national case studies taken from Europe, North America and Asia. Students will apply their knowledge in a group-work exercise in teams of students act as consultants to design a new planning system for the European island of Pontevedro. The module is also helpful in prompting students to think about the scope for studying or working abroad.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Presentation: 50%
Module codeCP0312
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

The module stands back from the details of planning policies and instruments, and asks questions about how we might understand some of the key ideas used, and assumed, by those engaged in the planning system. These include ideas such as ‘the public interest’, and ‘heritage and conservation’. An organising framework for the module is different ways of understanding what being a professional involves.  Particular attention will be given to the idea of the planner as technician, and the contrasting idea of the reflective practitioner. The understanding developed in the module is used to illuminate aspects of everyday planning whose significance might go unnoticed in discussions with a more procedural focus.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 40%
  • Written assessment: 60%
Module codeCP0338
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

 

An initial review of UK transport policy and practice since the 1960s leads into more detailed examination of travel behaviour and its relevance to the design, analysis and evaluation of transport policies. Issues covered include: satisfying mobility versus improving accessibility; the crucial relationship between land use planning and transport; environmental degradation and the need to develop a sustainable transport policy; financial, administrative, and organisational aspects of transport; and the demographic, economic, social and technological factors which influence the demand for travel. Students will also be introduced to theories and models of behaviour which form the basis for understanding and predicting the response of a travel market to transport policies. The course will be illustrated with case studies. Students will engage in a site-specific project which examines accessibility and the potential for sustainable transport. The module will be assessed through a site-specific sustainable transport poster (30%) followed by an individual report (70%).  

 

 

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCP0340
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

From their very beginnings cities have been sites of social tension, exploitation and emancipatory movements. This remains the same today, with a host of contemporary processes giving rise to new questions of justice and, at the same time, resurrecting some age-old issues. Indeed, cities today face unprecedented challenges. Migration, rapid urbanization, growing inequality, authoritarian governments, racial tensions, terrorism, climate change, and the list goes on. These issues are also transformed by processes of globalization, whereby the connections and networks between cities separated by vast physical distances have intensified, leading to complex urban relationships that have required new theoretical understandings.

 

The module investigates cities and social justice from a geographical perspective.  The concept of justice is itself sprawling, its complicated lineaments a persistent source of intense philosophical debate. At its core, justice refers to the standards used in assessing what is fair; measuring social justice is assessing what is fair, good or moral across society, especially the distribution of benefits and burdens between different population groupings. Definitions of a just society are necessarily wide-ranging, incorporating a variety of cross-cutting tensions between individual versus societal norms, and between universalism and group difference. These musings on social justice are not simply an academic exercise; they are also reflected in the real world, from segregation and polarization to homelessness, environmental racism and violence.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Examination - autumn semester: 50%
Module codeCP0341
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module provides a critical perspective on some of the key social, economic, political, and environmental issues faced in the developing world. Drawing upon examples from across Africa, Latin America, and Asia, students will examine contemporary issues such as; child labour, conflict, conservation, food security, gender inequality, natural disasters and slums. Students will be encouraged to think critically about both the construction of these problems and the solutions which are advocated. Throughout the module students will be required to research and critique issues of development, resulting in an ability to engage in and inform contemporary development debates.

Assessment

  • Oral/aural assessment: 25%
  • Written assessment: 75%
Module codeCP0355
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module explores the design dimension of current planning and development practice, and associated issues of investment and development objectives and processes.  It reviews the continuing debate over central government design advice, the development of design principles, and the role of design in local development frameworks. It considers how to write design policies and supplementary design guidance, including design strategies, guides, conservation area appraisals and especially development briefs.  It looks at how design is dealt with in development management and in design review procedures. Issues surrounding the design of commercial office and retail development and the requirements of investors, developers, tenants and consumers are examined in some detail.  Attention is also given to housing design in both the private and social sectors examining issues of layout, construction, diversity and the management of quality.  Students will be given the opportunity to improve their graphic and document production. This module will be a useful introduction for those interested in undertaking urban design as a specialised study at Masters level

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCP0356
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

 

The aim of the module is to explore the nature of housing inequalities in the UK, the impacts of such inequalities on people and places and to critically analyse the role of public policy in creating and addressing housing inequalities.

 

Throughout the module the focus is the UK housing system through the lens of people, places and policies. It will explore how individuals and households experience housing inequalities; the socio-spatial patterning of housing availability and how such inequalities and patterns shape the ways in which places and communities are built or destroyed. Threaded throughout these themes will be a critical analysis of the way in which housing, planning and other public policies attempt to address or even create housing inequality.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 50%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0361
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module examines important contemporary concepts, debates and issues in economic geography. It builds on concepts introduced in the second year module on ‘Spaces of Production’ and provides a strong foundation for understanding the relevance of economic geography research. The module critically examines the rise of recent approaches, such as evolutionary economic geography and global production networks.  While important issues that are examined include the role of innovation, networks and institutions in contemporary economies.  The module connects students to the economic geography research in the School of Geography and Planning and draws upon a range of examples and case studies to understand contemporary issues in the global economy.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%
Module codeCP0363
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module will introduce students to the dynamic field of Feminist Geography.  Students will gain an understanding of what have been the key issues in this field over time as well as engaging with cutting-edge contemporary research.  Students will work with concepts such as power, care, identity, the sexual division of labour, embodiment and materiality.  As such this module dovetails with other modules in the school offering students the opportunity to expand on concepts to which they have been introduced elsewhere and synthesise their learning in new ways. We will work with theory through grounded, real-world cases, such as for example issues relating to body-politics and rights to public space in the case of sexual harassment; or the social, moral and geo-political implications of international surrogacy.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 35%
  • Written assessment: 15%
  • Written assessment: 50%
Module codeCP0364
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module serves as a ‘keystone’ for the BSc Geography and Planning programme, fusing together the geography and planning perspectives encountered across other modules making up the degree. Specifically, it aims to integrate the substantive and theoretical insights of human geography with the applied, problem-solving approaches prevalent within planning. Through lectures, seminar discussions and assessed work, students are encouraged to explore the implications of an integrated geography and planning approach in relation to a variety of topical themes, including: social and environmental resilience and sustainability; city-regional growth and governance; and spatial social justice. Overall, the module engages a timely debate over how dialogue between human geography and planning has a role to play in shaping critical professional sensibilities within planning.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%