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: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Dobson


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module uses a combination of theory and practical examples to explore some of the topics and trends in the delivery of urban regeneration, past and present. 


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of urban regeneration policy and practice that is theoretically-informed. ?It explores the relationship between the economic, social and political forces shaping regeneration policy and practice. Students will be expected to engage with relevant literatures and theoretical concepts in a critical way to consider the assumptions, models, and policies that underpin urban regeneration practice. 

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 / or historical context(s); 

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

  • be aware of the social, environmental and economic problems and issues that regeneration strategies seek to address; 

  • evaluate the relationships between stakeholders and the potential for conflicts resulting from different priorities in regeneration. 

Additional outcomes:

  • Understand and explain the nature of regeneration activities in regions, cities and at the neighbourhood level; 

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

  • Gain experience of using evidence to advocate a particular position and how to convince others of the value of data. 

Outline content:

Course 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 theory in regeneration; 

- Presentation and/or discussion-based session. 

Global context:

The module uses international case studies. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The style of teaching and learning is based on a mix of theoretical discussions and more focused case study methods. The teaching may combine lecturing by academic staff with guest lectures and/or field visit(s) involving regeneration case studies. Students will be expected to have read and prepared material in advance of some sessions to benefit from the learning experience. In particular they will be required to develop a theoretically aware and critical stance to their studies and the coursework assessment. Students will also be expected to carry out their own work independently and/or work in small groups, for example when preparing to contribute to discussion-based exercises. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 4
Project Supervision 2
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 10
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Preparation for seminars 2
    Preparation of practical report 20
    Group study tasks 30
    Essay preparation 82
    Reflection 8
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The coursework will involve one (individual) written assignment of 4,000 words submitted in week one of the Spring term and one (group) activity assessed in class in the final week of the Autumn term, together making up 100% of the module mark. 

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback on the first assignment will be made available prior to the submission date of the second assignment. 

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

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

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by an individual written assignment of 5000 words.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 28 August 2019


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