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On completion of this module students should:
1. Understand the importance of different contexts in determining planning outcomes in different countries;
2. Critically appreciate the context-specific nature of planning and the legal, social, political, economic and/or environmental conditions underpinning planning systems, cultures, policies and practices in the different contexts examined;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the value and challenges of cross-national and cross-cultural comparative studies;
4. Engage with the professional and academic debates regarding the global circulation of planning ideas, models and practices and critically reflected on their transferability / the potential for cross-national lesson drawing from abroad; and
5. Understand the growing importance of spatial planning at the level of the European Union.
During weeks 1-6, classes will consist of a module coordinator-led seminar, followed by working in groups focused on assignment 1 (National Planning System Profile).
Topics to be covered in the seminars include: understanding dominant models of international planning practice; comparative planning research (with case studies); developing a framework of comparative analysis; the mobility of planning ideas; European spatial planning.
Group presentations will be undertaken during week 7
For students opting for an international field trip: the field trip will take place to a selected European city during the second week of the spring trimester half term break (16-20 March). Following completion of the field trip, students will complete an individual assignment through self-directed learning.
For students not undertaking a field trip: following the half term break, students will be allocated desk based research to complete an individual assignment.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Field Trip/External Visits||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Group Project: Group-based assignment. Topic: International Planning System Profile||Week 8||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Individual assignment. Topic: International City Profile||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
The first assessment comprises a group assignment to provide a profile of planning system in an allocated country. Group work will be undertaken in class, providing weekly opportunities for feedback on progress and ideas. Prior to submission of the report, each group will give an in-class presentation - feedback will be provided to each group to assist in finalising the written report. Post assessment feedback will be given (oral and written) to each group within 20 working days of the group submission. The second component of assessment is an individual report on a City Profile. Post assessment feedback will be given (oral and written) to each student within 20 working days of the submission.