Module Details

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Code ENVS336
Coordinator Dr RJ Dunning
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15


To equip students with an understanding the theory and practice of urban regeneration and an ability to develop planning policy responses in different situations.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understand and be able to discuss alternative theoretic approaches to solving problems of urban regeneration and be able to critically evaluate examples of urban policies and plans associated with urban regeneration.

(LO2) Understand and be able to discuss alternative theoretical approaches to solving problems of neighbourhood renewal and urban renaissance and be able to critically evaluate examples of urban policies and plans associated with neighbourhood renewal and urban renaissance.

(LO3) Be able to initiate and develop urban policy and planning responses to problems of urban regeneration.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Leadership



The syllabus draws on theoretical discourses and examples of urban renaissance and neighbourhood renewal from across the developed world, notably Europe and the UK.  The syllabus covers:

Urban renaissance.

The postmodern city and the role of urban areas in the wider economy.

Improving urban competitiveness.

Reurbanisation, urban compactness and efficiency in the use of land.

Urban conservation and heritage protection.

Planning and managing urban centres (commerce, culture and city living).

Accessibility and movement strategies.

Agencies, structures and processes in planning an urban renaissance.

Neighbourhood renewal.

Indicies of deprivation and targets for neighbourhood renewal.

Tackling obsolete housing and poor residential environments.

Tackling local social issues: building social capital; issues of race, cohesion and faith; neighbourhood management; tackling crime.

Tackling local employment i ssues; providing and maintaining local services and amenities.

Policy co-ordination; partnerships and empowerment in neighbourhood renewal.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on campus.

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures will be deliverd through the VLE and will explore thematic and theoretical understandings of urban regeneration, policy making and investment practice. They will be provided asynchronously and will comprise multiple video lectures for each topic (e.g. seperate theory, case study and book chapter material).

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: The seminars will explore the lecture material and focus on student-led/focused understanding. They will be delivered on campus if possible or online if not.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 120


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Three short essay questions (approx 800 words per essay) testing students understanding of theories of regeneration and regeneration policy.  2000-2500 words    50       
Seminar Paper There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :First  2000-2500 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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