Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Street

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to provide a theoretical and practice-based understanding in the fields of urban regeneration and planning. It will focus on the relationship between the economic, social, environmental and political forces shaping approaches to urban regeneration, offering an overview of the evolution of urban regeneration policy.


In this module students will become familiar with regeneration programmes at the national, regional and local levels in the UK; as well as how they interact and play out within neighbourhoods given the emphasis the majority of regeneration initiatives place on working with communities. The module aims to allow students to critically explore the assumptions, models, policies and practices that inform such ways of working.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to: 

  • Place particular examples of regeneration practice into their wider theoretical and historical/political context(s);

  • Understand the relationships between stakeholders and the potential for conflicts resulting from different priorities in regeneration;

  • Critically evaluate the rationales, processes and outcomes of regeneration activities; 

  • Be aware of the social, environmental and economic problems and issues that regeneration strategies attempt to address. 

Additional outcomes:

  • Understand the nature of regeneration activities at a range of different scales (e.g. global, national, regionals, city and/or local/neighbourhood level);

  • Develop communication skills through presentation and/or discussion-based activities;

  • Gain experience of finding and using evidence to advocate a particular position;

  • Develop critical reading and writing skills and build awareness of key research texts on regeneration matters.

Outline content:

Module content may include some or all of the following: 

- Regeneration of the city and the historical development of urban regeneration policy; 

- Current regeneration programmes and future directions; 

- Modes of regeneration; 

- Practitioner perspectives and/or case study session(s); 

- Engaging with communities in regeneration; 

- Critical thinking and theoryin regeneration; 

- Presentation and/or discussion-based session(s). 

Global context:

The module focuses on UK policy and practice but uses international case studies. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The style of teaching and learning is based on a mix of academic/theory/policy sessions and practice-based or case study sessions. The moodule is informed by both academic/researcher and professional/practitioner understandings of regeneration. Teaching may be a combination of lecturing by academic staff and guest sessions from regeneration professionals. The topics and concepts introduced will be explored through discussion-based exercises, and students will be expected to have read and prepared before classes to benefit fully from the learning experience. In particular they will be required to develop a theoretically aware and critical stance to their studies and the coursework assessments. Please see the reading list for a range of suggested reading materials; a link to Talis Aspire can be found on the Blackboard site (required readings may be set ahead of relevant class sessions).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Seminars 14
Tutorials 4
Project Supervision 0
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 33
    Wider reading (directed) 18
    Preparation for seminars 12
    Preparation of practical report 0
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 20
    Group study tasks 0
    Essay preparation 90
    Reflection 0
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Report 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are two pieces of individual coursework for this module. 

Assessment 1 is a reflective written report (word guide 1,500) due in week 11 of Autumn term, worth 30% of module marks. Assessment 2 is a written essay (word guide 3,500) due in week 1 of Spring term, worth 70% of the module marks.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by an individual written assignment of 5,000 words worth 100% of the module mark.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 22 September 2022


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