Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: RE2PREP Projects in Real Estate and Planning (2)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Street


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will introduce students to regeneration policy and process via case study examples of urban regeneration practice and policy. Critical understanding of ‘real world’ practices will be developed by the exploration of theory and research drawn from the urban studies literature.

This module is delivered at the University of Reading only. 


This module aims to introduce students to urban regeneration policy and practice, and develop their critical thinking about the models and theories that underpin regeneration processes.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate awareness of the social, environmental and economic problems and issues that regeneration strategies attempt to address; 

  • Understand the various local, regional and national regeneration strategies operating in the UK; 

  • Understand the relationships between stakeholders and the potential for conflicts resulting from different reg eneration priorities; 

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

  • Place regeneration strategies and practices in theoretical and historical context(s). 

Additional outcomes:

  • Gain awareness of regeneration practices and processes operating outside of the UK context.

Outline content:

The module provides students with an overview of regeneration policy and practice using case study examples and theories from the urban studies and policy literatures to develop understanding. Critical thinking is developed via a number of themed sessions to look in more depth at certain examples, issues or features of regeneration. These sessions may take a range of formats and could include the use of in-depth case study examples, in-class discussion/debates, video-led workshops and/or a lo cal site visit. The onus is on encouraging students to develop a critical stance towards regeneration practice, policy and process by engaging with exploring ‘real world’ examples and research and policy literatures.

Global context:

International case studies are used. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Taught sessions take a range of formats, including the use of in-depth case study examples, discussion/debates, video-led workshops and/or a local site visit. Sessions may feature academic staff and practitioner inputs. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Seminars 8
Project Supervision 2
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 8
    Wider reading (directed) 6
    Preparation for seminars 6
    Preparation of practical report 16
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 6
    Essay preparation 36
    Reflection 8
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 100

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Output 1: Written reflection report worth 20% of module marks due in week 7 of Spring term;

Output 2: 2000-word critical essay, due in week 10 of Spring term, worth 80% of module marks.

Formative assessment methods:

Seminar reading summaries submitted online; formative feedback will be provided (unassessed).

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:

A mark of at least 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be via a 2,500 word individual written assignment.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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