CPT866: Planning City Futures

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT866
External Subject Code K400
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Professor Alison Brown
Semester Autumn Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

Group Analysis and Presentation

15% contribution

Group presentation (group mark)

15-20 minutes


Individual Essay

85% contribution


3,500 words


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

  1. Understand debates on the nature and purpose of planning interventions and their role in shaping alternative city futures
  2. Evaluate the contributions of planning interventions to making place/mediating space
  3. Assess 21st challenges - eg: globalization, climate change, poverty reduction, and their implications on urban sustainability and development
  4. Develop an understanding of urban spatial systems and the processes of urban change
  5. 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:

  1. Development of an awareness of current drivers of urban changes,
  2. Skills in understanding and critical analysis, and
  3. Analytical, essay writing and presentation skills.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
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)

Background Reading and Resource List

Syllabus content

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