CPT870: Space and Place: International Planning Practice

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT870
External Subject Code K400
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader DR Johannes Novy
Semester Spring Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

Individual essay

50% contribution

Review essay

2,000 words

Mid Spring Semester

Individual report

50% contribution

Research report (linked to field study visit)

2,000 words

End Spring Semester

How the module will be delivered

Part I consists of classroom sessions (lectures and seminars) to introduce students to core themes exploring comparative international planning, leading into the field studies visit. Part II consists of the field study visit. Part III centres on discussion of the field study visit and preparation for the coursework assignment.

Outline Description of Module

CPT870 ‘Space & Place. International Planning Practice’ aims to introduce students to the contemporary challenges and opportunities in creating space and place in contemporary cities. It takes a comparative international approach to planning practice, with a focus on district and neighbourhood-level planning, and case studies of planning and urban regeneration. The majority of the module’s activities will revolve around the field study visit, embedded in wider discussions surrounding key principles, and contemporary academic critique of urban regeneration practice. Students will apply their insights through the coursework including a review essay on comparative planning and a report on the field study visit, prepared around one of the module’s five key aspects of urban regeneration: exclusion; culture; sustainability; participation and housing.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

On successful completion of the module a student will be able to:

  1. Understand critical comparative planning debates in different geographical contexts;
  2. Appreciate the importance of different theoretical insights and key empirical evidence in shaping the development of cities;
  3. Evaluate the underlying frameworks of planning practice in a given context, and the extent to which they address modern urban challenges;
  4. Assess of issues of rights and power, and the value of participatory planning in planning approaches;
  5. Explore regeneration-led solutions to contemporary planning problems;

Skills that will be practised and developed

Skills developed through the module include:

  1. Analytical, written and presentation skills for urban planning,
  2. Skills appropriate promoting regeneration to approaches for an existing urban area, and
  3. The preparation and submission of professional reports.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 50 Individual Report N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50 Individual Essay N/A 1 N/A

Essential Reading and Resource List

Required reading and other work will be assigned on a week-to-week basis. Please note that the reading and resource list is provisional. Additional readings may be added from time to time and will be announced in class and posted on Learning Central.

Colomb, C. and Novy, J. eds. (2016) Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City: Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility, Abingdon: Routledge.

Couch, C., Sykes, O., & Börstinghaus, W. (2011). Thirty years of urban regeneration in Britain, Germany and France: The importance of context and path dependency. Progress in Planning, 75(1), 1-52.

Furbey, R. A. (1999). Urban 'regeneration': reflections on a metaphor. Critical Social Policy, 19(4), 419-445

Leary, M. E., & McCarthy, J. (2013). The Routledge companion to urban regeneration. Routledge (specific chapters will be assigned in class)

Novy, J. (2016). 3 The selling (out) of Berlin and the de-and re-politicization of urban tourism in Europe’s ‘Capital of Cool’. In Colomb, C., & Novy, J. eds. (2016) Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City: Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility, Abingdon: Routledge.

Roberts, Peter (2000). The evolution, definition and purpose of urban regeneration. In P. Roberts and H. Skyes (eds.), Urban Regeneration A Handbook, London: Sage Publications, 9-36

Background Reading and Resource List

Syllabus content


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