RE3CIP-Comparative International Planning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan


Summary module description:
The appreciation of issues and approaches to spatial planning in different countries, regions or provinces is an important part of learning and understanding the different contexts in which planning has evolved and the different tools, techniques and impacts of planning. This module provides such an opportunity at undergraduate level.

The aim of this module is to understand planning practices and systems in other countries. It sets the context, history and development of planning in a given subject country or state and then explores the key powers and limitations of that system through particular themes/tools/techniques that operate in the system. This provides the opportunity to develop a global view of how planning is applied and the advantages and problems of each system set against its political, economic and social context.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Apply the theory of lesson drawing;
•Judge the historic, cultural and political constraints and enablers that shape different planning systems;
Describe how particular tools/techniques and themes operate within a particular context

Additional outcomes:
Development of online discussion skills, essay writing skills and cross-cultural understanding.

Outline content:
The lectures will be delivered by a combination of University of Reading staff and guest lecturers who are experts on different planning approaches across the world. The initial session will be lecture based and will set the scene by explaining the theory and practice of comparative studies and lesson drawing. This will be followed by lectures on the planning system in different countries and presentation of specific themes/tools/techniques that are illustrated through case studies from the countries being studied. The final session will draw together what has been learned while providing guidance for assessment.

The following list is indicative. Given the nature of the module aim, the content may alter from year to year. The core aims and outcomes will however be maintained:

•Introduction: comparative planning and lesson drawing
•Planning in India and the bottom-up approach
•Planning in Denmark and competitiveness
•Planning in Sri Lanka and the delivery of housing
•Planning in the Netherlands and land management
•Planning in Ireland and post economic crises
•Planning in Germany and neighbourhood regeneration
•Planning in US and the management of Sustainability
•Planning in Italy and regional planning
•Comparing, contrasting and lesson drawing: Tutorials on essay plan

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching and learning method for the module will be one of blended learning. This will involve a mixture of 2 hours of case study based lectures each week supplemented by student contributions to an online discussion forum that will be moderated by the module leader/guest lecturer each week. The forum will discuss and debate the particular planning system and the themes/tools and techniques discussed in that week in the lectures.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 60
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Online Discussion Board Contribution and Discussion - 20

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of at least 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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