CPT866: Planning City Futures
|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Professor Alison Brown|
How the module will be assessed
Group Analysis and Presentation
Group presentation (group mark)
The opportunity for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
How the module will be delivered
The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, and conference-style teaching.
Outline Description of Module
The problems facing cities in the 21st century are huge - rapid urbanization, pollution, climate change, poverty and exclusion, but increasing technical sophistication presents new opportunities for imaginative planning for an urban century. Planning City Futures embraces these challenges, providing the theoretical basis to critique and analyse the international social, political, economic and environmental drivers of urban change.
Part 1 introduces the theoretical debates surrounding issues of globalization, governance and environment in different political, cultural and socio-economic urban contexts, followed by sectoral studies of planning for land, housing, transport, and infrastructure, within a rights-based critique. Part 2 includes conference-style teaching on either housing policy in emerging cities or strategic urban planning.
On completion of the module a student should be able to
- Understand debates on the nature and purpose of planning interventions and their role in shaping alternative city futures
- Evaluate the contributions of planning interventions to making place/mediating space
- Assess 21st challenges - eg: globalization, climate change, poverty reduction, and their implications on urban sustainability and development
- Develop an understanding of urban spatial systems and the processes of urban change
- Understand sectoral approaches to city development and management and the role of key actors in the development process
Develop skills in assessing policy outcomes.
Skills that will be practised and developed
Skills developed through the module include:
- Development of an awareness of current drivers of urban changes,
- Skills in understanding and critical analysis, and
- Analytical, essay writing and presentation skills.
|Written Assessment||15||Group Analysis And Presentation||N/A||1||N/A|
|Written Assessment||85||Individual Essay||N/A||1||N/A|
Essential Reading and Resource List
Allen, T. and Thomas, A. (eds 2000) Poverty and Development into the 21st Century, Osford: Oxford University Press (330.91724 P)
Bulkeley, H. (2012) Cities and Climate change, Abingdon: Routledge (363.73874 BUL)
Parnell, S. and Robinson, J. (2012) (Re)theorizing cities from the global south: Looking beyond neoliberalism, Urban geography, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 593-617.
Davis, M. (2006) Planet of Slums, London, Verso (307.76 D)
Jenkins, P., Smith, H, and Wang, Y-P. (2007) Planning and Housing in the Rapidly Urbanising World, London: Routledge (307.76 J)
Pieterse, E. (2008) City Futures: Confronting the crisis of urban development, London: Zed Publishing (307.76 PIE)
Todaro, M. and Smith, S. (2011) Economic Development, London: Pearson, Addison Wesley (11th edition) (338.90091724 TOD)
UNCHS (UNHabitat) (2003) The Challenge of Slums: Global report on human settlements, London: Earthscan (307.3364C) and electronically at: http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=1156
UN-HABITAT (2009) Planning Sustainable Cities, Global Report on Human Settlements, 2009, London, Earthscan, downloadable from http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=2831, also in library at (307.1216 PLA)