15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This unit provides students with the opportunity to explore and research urban development issues in the field and to enhance their understanding of the potential responses to such issues with reference to a particular developing country. The module will provide students with hands-on experience of fieldwork in a major urban centre; with exposure to planning and urban development practice; and with exposure to the human and physical context experienced by the majority of the population in cities of the Global South. The module contributes to students' transferable skills through teamwork, research design and implementation and through presentation skills.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students on TRPT106

Staff Contact: METH PAULA J
Teaching Methods: A significant amount of teaching on this module takes place in the field where students will undertake group field work projects. This will be preceded by lectures and small group tutorials and supplemented by independent study. Further sessions will allow for the development and consolidation of learning. Lectures - It introduces students to key national and local development issues, highlighting potential field research projects and an introduction to methods of site appraisal and analysis. These will also make links to wider academic and policy debates. Tutorials - Students will be divided into groups prior to the field-trip and will have individual meetings with the unit tutor to develop and gain feedback on their project. Independent study - Students will work individually to extend their prior knowledge of the case study location, and then continue to work individually to develop their understanding of the particular planning challenges they are examining. Regular meetings in their fieldwork groups are expected to design their project and to read widely around the relevant literature. Fieldwork - Fieldwork will involve visits around the study area, where students will be learning through observation and engagement with stakeholders, such as local experts, community representatives, local students, academics, and officials. Depending on what specific projects are offered by partners, students will engage in learning through 'doing'....
Assessment: Course work, Presentation, Project/ portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Urban Studies and Planning):

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