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:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan


Type of module:

Blended learning

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 has shaped the different tools, techniques and impacts of planning. This module provides such an opportunity at undergraduate level. The module also introduces different themes that planning is often concerned with and discusses how planning might make a difference in particular thematic areas. 

This module is delivered at the University of Reading only.


The aim of this module is to understand planning practices and systems in different countries and draw lessons from them. It sets the context, history and development of planning in a given country, region or state and then explores that system through particular themes/tools/techniques that operate within the system. This provides an opportunity to develop a global view of how planning is applied and the advantages and problems of different systems set against their political, economic, social and cultural context. By also discussing different themes in planning, the module allows for an appreciation of the versatility of planning in contributing to resolving various economic, social, environmental and cultural issues.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Apply theories of lesson drawing; 

  • Identify the historic, cultural and political constraints and enablers that shape different planning systems; 

  • Evaluate how particular tools/techniques and themes operate within a particular context;

  • Develop online presentation skills;

  • Refine essay writing skills. 


Additional outcomes:

  • Increased Global awareness 

  • Increased cross-cultural understanding

  • Appreciation of the diversity of planning challenges

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 planning systems in different countries and presentation of specific themes/tools/techniques that are illustrated through case studies from the coun tries being studied. The final session will draw together what has been learned while providing guidance for assessment. 

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

  • Introduction: comparative planning and lesson drawing 

  • Planning in India and the bottom-up planning 

  • Planning in Ghana and land management 

  • Planning in Sri Lanka and the dark side of planning  

  • Planning in the Netherlands and water management 

  • Planning in Ireland and post economic crises  

  • Planning in Japan and property rights 

  • Planning in US and the management of sustainability 

  • Planning in China and regional planning 

  • Optional: Tutorials on essay plan  ; 

Global context:

This module is entirely situated within a global context. The lectures and assessments require students to develop global awareness. Speakers from national backgrounds that mirror the content of the modules normally deliver the lectures.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Pre-recorded lectures supplemented by timetabled face to face question and answer sessions and online question and answer sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 13
Tutorials 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 5 10
    Wider reading (directed) 8
    Preparation for presentations 4
    Essay preparation 10 30
Total hours by term 60 40 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 75
Set exercise 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The summative assessment is 

i) A 10-minute presentation on lesson drawing using a case study to illustrate application

ii) an end-of-module essay. The guide length for the essay is 1750 words and is due by week 2 of Spring term. The end-of-module essay carries 75% weight and the remainder of the module is assessed through the 25% formative assessment detailed below.  

Formative assessment methods:


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.

Assessment 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.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 13 October 2020


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