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: 2020/1

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 and explain the nature of regeneration activities at a range of different scales (e.g. national, regions, cities and at the local/neighbourhood level);

  • 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:

  • • Develop communication skills through presentation and 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:

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 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 course is informed by both academic/researcher and professional/practitioner understandings of regeneration. Teaching will 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 prep ared 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. Students will also be expected to work collaboratively in small groups for the Assessment 1 presentation and individually for the Assessment 2 essay. 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 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 and one (group) activity assessed in class, 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 5,000 words worth 100% of the module mark.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 24 September 2020


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