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  1. 1. Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment Module Guide MSc Academic Year 2010/2011Module: Policies and PlansWeb-site: All modules have support through Moodle at School of Property, Construction and PlanningModule Co-ordinator: Professor Alister ScottModule Tutors: Professor Alister Scott, Claudia CarterContact Information: MP Level 3 01213317551Brief Descriptions of the Assignment 1: This will take the form of an evaluation ofItems of Assessment: contemporary planning policy consultation. This year the focus will be on the Coalition government’s National Planning PolicyYou will be expected to Framework.complete ALLAssessments. Assignment 2 will take the form of a 30 minute oral in the exam period based on the evaluation you have undertaken (Assignment 1) and drawing upon wider theoretical and practical perspectives.Assessment Weighting: Assessment 1: 50%; Assessment 2: 50%Individual assignments: the work you submit shall be your own and not the product ofcollaboration with anyone else. Plagiarism will be penalised.Unless otherwise advised, coursework assessments must be submitted by no later than 14December 2.00pm via moodle with a Coursework Submission & Record Form printed fromECMS on attached. 1
  2. 2. Faculty: TEE School/Department: PCPModule Title: Policies and PlansProgramme(s) on which the module is delivered: MASPRelationship with Programme Philosophy and AimsThe broad aims of this module are to familiarise students with planning intervention throughthe evolving forward planning mechanisms used to guide spatial change; to understand howand why these have changed over time; to critically assess current spatial planningmechanisms; and to understand the relationship between spatial policies and plans and otherpublic policy plans and investment programmes.Indicative contentThere are two key themes related to this moduleTheme 1: Processes, Actors and Sustainability • Brief overview of strategic planning, policy making processes in the UK • The influence of Europe and comparative spatial planning systems • The role of sustainability, localism as part of the new spatial planning agenda.Theme 2: Evaluation of policies and plans • The evaluation of spatial plans on achieving development, investment and environmental outcomes • The relationship between spatial and non-spatial plans such as housing strategies, transport plans and community strategies • Critical debates concerning what makes successful policies, plans and strategiesAlternative responses to environmental challenges, including a range of good practiceprojects from Europe and beyond.Study mode / delivery method(s):Delivery will be predominantly through lectures, seminars and critical debate with someindividual exercises and reading. Visiting speakers from practice are also a vital element ofthis module as they are at the cutting edge, and therefore able to bring real life examples ofcurrent practice in a rapidly changing agenda for planners. Electronic support will beavailable through Moodle. 2
  3. 3. Intended Learning Outcomes and the means by which they are to be achieved anddemonstrated.Describe and critically comment on how the‘spatial turn’ has affected plans and policiesin a range of different contexts(environmental, economic, social andtechnological) in the UK Lectures, seminars and the use of visitingDemonstrate a critical understanding of a speakers from practice will assist in deliveringrange of spatial planning policy issues and all of these learning outcomes.frameworks at European, national, regional,and local levels Moodle will be used to provide additionalExplain how the spatial planning process is material as well as an interactive discussionused to manage change in the built and forum.natural environmentsCritically discuss the relationship betweenspatial and non-spatial policy mechanisms,especially at the regional and local levelAssessment and feedbackFormative AssessmentSubmissions to the tutor will be commented upon prior to submission.Summative AssessmentThe part 1 report will be marked promptly and provide feedback in advance of the oral.Each part of the coursework is worth 50% of the total module mark.Part 1 will involve completing an individual consultation response for a plan or policy froma choice (September 2011 National Planning Policy Framework).Part 2 will comprise a viva under exam conditions in the exam period.Assessment criteria 3
  4. 4. Asses s. Weight Type Indica tive Type Indica tive Descri ption 1 50% CWK Cours ework – Individ ualPart 1: Consul tation 50% Respo nse 2 50% ORA Part 2: Oral Viva 50% Learni ng Outco mes Asses sment 1 Asses sment 2 1   4
  5. 5. Transferable SkillsInformation selection and applicationWritten communicationOral communicationFeedbackFeedback will be given within 3 weeks. Feedback from the first assignment will help studentsprepare for the student viva.Related ModulesSpirit and Purpose of PlanningPlanning FuturesLaw and Environmental GovernanceLearning Resources 5
  6. 6. Moodle will be used as a central repository of multi-media resources including selectedreading. In addition, the following books are recommended reading:The current moodle site has a full list of reading for each lecture. Recommended Reading Allmendinger P. (2009) ‘Critical reflections on spatial planning’, Environment and Planning A 41: 2544-2549. Allmendinger, P. and Haughton, G. (2007) ‘The fluid scales and scope of UK spatial planning’, Environment and Planning A 39 1478-1495. Biesbroek, G.R., Swart, R.J. and Wim, G.M. (2009) ‘The mitigation–adaptation dichotomy and the role of spatial planning’, Habitat International 33: 230–237. Campbell, H. (2005) ‘Interface: The darker side of local communities: Is this the real world of planning?’ Planning Theory and Practice 6(4): 517-519. Cowell, R. (2003) ‘Substitution and scalar politics: negotiating environmental compensation in Cardiff Bay’, Geoforum 34: 343-358. Harris, N. and Hooper, A. (2004) ‘Rediscovering the “spatial” in public policy and planning: an examination of the spatial content of sectoral policy documents’, Planning Theory and Practice 5(2): 147-169. Hofmeister, S. (2002) ‘Intermediate “time-spaces”: The rediscovery of transition in spatial planning and environmental planning’, Time & Society 11(1): 105-130. Low, N. (2002) ‘Ecosocialisation and environmental planning: a Polanyian approach’, Environment and Planning A 34(1): 43–60. Taylor N, 2010 “What is this thing called spatial planning? An analysis of the British government’s view” Town Planning Review, 81 pp.193 – 208 Tewdwr-Jones, M. Gallent, N. and Morphet, J. (2010) An anatomy of spatial planning: Coming to terms with the spatial element in UK planning, European Planning Studies 18(2): 239-257. Vigar, J. (2009) ‘Towards an Integrated Spatial Planning?’ European Planning Studies 17(11): 1571-1590. 6
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  8. 8. Week Lecture Date Lecturer Lecture Topic Tutorial / Seminar Topic Assignment * No. (Wed) Set Due InTHEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ‘Plans and Policies’: a strategic and spatial1 1 28/09/2011 AS/CC Exercise and intro to assignment planning perspective What is going on with the English2 2 05/10/2011 AS Spatial planning: theoretical perspectives planning system? The strategic planning process: frameworks for3 3 12/10/2011 AS/CC (b) Ecosystem approach (CC) analysis – (a) DPSIR (AS)4 4 19/10/2011 AS/CC The policy-making process – Sutton (AS) Policy evaluation exercise (AS/CC) *CWK5 5 26/10/2011 CC Governance ForestryPOLICIES & PLANS IN PRACTICE6 6 02/11/2011 AS SEA Example (AS/NS?)7 7 09/11/2011 CC Scenarios Exercise8 8 16/11/2011 CC Climate change Complexity, uncertainty and ignorance9 No lectures Activity week10 9 30/11/2011 AS Localism and Neighbourhood Plans Example12 10 7/12/2011 AS Planning in the West Midlands: a critical review Big City Plan13 11 14/12/2011 AS/CC Planning for the rural urban fringe (AS/CC) Research and practice (AS/CC) 8