module specification

AR7069 - Planning and Urban Practice (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Planning and Urban Practice
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 200
164 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Essay (2000-3000 words)
Coursework 40%   Group Project
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester City Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module provides a detailed analysis of planning practice in the UK, specialising in urban contexts and with comparisons made to international examples.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

This module aims to:
• Provide students with an understanding of planning practice at a UK national, regional and local level, with specialist knowledge of urban contexts and comparisons with international case studies.
• Critically assess a range of elements within planning practice in the UK and experiences from other contexts
• Act as an introduction to the course and inform students on the choice of appropriate specialisms.


The module will provide an introduction to planning practice in the UK. Using a series of Case Studies students will consider the role of a planner and their work within the planning system and the impact of planning policy and other planning tools. This will be investigated in different contexts; London, the UK (nationally and regionally) and internationally

In the consideration of how planning is delivered at a national, regional and local level students might review policies and strategies, for example; National housing strategy, Housing Plans in the South East or Housing development study in London.

In their investigation of planning practice in London current examples might include the London Olympics, Crossrail, or other areas of recent significant regeneration.

Learning and teaching

The module will be taught through lectures and seminar discussions and presentations.
Students will be encouraged to develop an independent approach to their own learning through use of directed course reading. This will involve preparation for seminar discussions and presentations, which will be a key element to taught sessions. Where appropriate students will visit sites of their Case Studies as a group or independently.

Students will also be supported in arranging events to engage with professional practice within and outside the university.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will
1. have an understanding of the effect of planning in practice
2. be able to describe how planning is achieved in varying conditions
3. be able to critically evaluate different approaches to planning practice.

Assessment strategy

There are two assessed components:

1. Case study (2000-3000 words): analysing planning practice within the UK, with comparisons to an international case study or another module appropriate topic..
2. Group Project: Report analysing specific national, regional and local planning projects or another module appropriate topic, based on primary research.


Existing bibliography (to be added), with specific use of:

Stephen Ward, Planning And Urban Change, 2010
Roy Porter, London: A Social History 
Cochrane, Allan (2007). Understanding urban policy: A critical approach. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Hall, P (1988) Cities of Tomorrow (Blackwell )
Ward, S (2004) Planning and Urban Change (Sage)
Glasson.J and Marshall, T (2007) Regional Planning (Routledge)
Dimitriou, H and Thopson, R (2007) Strategic Planning for Regional Development in the UK (Routledge)
The Urban Task Force, Towards an Urban Renaissance
R. Mitchell, Jubilee Line Extension: From Concept to Completion, 2008
GLA, The London Plan
London Legacy Development Corporation, Masterplanning the Olympic Park
Design for London, Stitching the Fringe