Housing and Community Planning MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: A 2:1 degree in a related subject, such as Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geography, Economics, or Sociology. There are no pre-requisites and applications from other subjects are also encouraged
Town and Regional Planning MA

Module details

Compulsory modules

Spatial Planning Challenges (ENVS411)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the conflicts facing planners in trying to deliver sustainable development. It is a module which looks at policy issues and responses at a variety of different spatial scales. Five main objectives are identified:

One. To introduce students to the range of social and economic issues that face contemporary society in relation to accessing basic needs including, housing, employment and transport;

Two. To introduce students to the need for planning to protect our natural resources from development pressures (including landscape, biodiversity, water, energy, waste, etc.);

Three. To introduce the concept of sustainable development with the need to balance social, economic and environmental concerns;

Four. To develop the idea that contemporary problems are often rooted in past decisions;

Five. To introduce students to the range of planning policy responses designed to address these competing interests.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. demonstrate an understanding of the many faceted competing uses and demands placed on planners trying to deliver sustainable development;

(LO2) 2. demonstrate the way that different issues concern different groups in different spatial locations;

(LO3) 3. demonstrate the different planning interventions designed to improve people's quality of life.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Adaptability

(S4) Organisational skills

Theory, Power & Ethics (ENVS432)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide the context and conception of planning as a professional activity.  It examines the institutional perspective on planning activities in relation to politics and markets and explores different strands of theories on the nature and purposes of planning.
There are a number of specific objectives:
1. To provide a theoretical grounding on the nature and purposes of planning activities and planning practice;
2. To introduce planning as a political as well as an administrative and technical process;
3. To identify the range of different stakeholders involved in the planning process and their inter-relationships;
4. To relate theories about planning to more general social theories of the state, society and professional ethics;
5. To provide a conceptual framework for students to formulate their own professional value-systems and viewpoints.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. appreciate a range of different theoretical backgrounds to planning, both historical and contemporary;

(LO2) 2 . understand the diversity of ideologies, values and cultures that form different theories in and of  planning;

(LO3) 3. understand the reasons why planning practitioners operate in the way they do;

(LO4) 4. have a rounded understanding of the institutional and political structures within which planning operates; and

(LO5) 5. develop the ability to formulate one's own professional values and attitudes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Ethical awareness

(S3) Lifelong learning skills

Planning for Housing and Home (ENVS635)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to understand the relationship between housing, home and planning through social, economic and political processes at the local to international scales. This will be delivered through four objectives:

1. To understand the multi-aspectual nature of dwellings and their relationship with the economy, culture, politics and society
2. To improve students’ skills in critical reading and analysis, with respect to the role and function of housing in society
3. To enhance students' understanding of the historical and socio-political context for contemporary trends in housing policy and research
4. To develop students' awareness of the planning and delivery of alternative methods of housing supply

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to understand the role of housing in society and critically reflect on its links to the economy, culture, politics, and socio-economic issues

(LO2) Students will have practiced and improved skills of critical reading and analysis

(LO3) Students will understand the historic and contemporary context of planning for housing, with respect to key actors and their roles in the system

(LO4) Students will be able to critically reflect on the planning and delivery of alternative methods of housing supply

People and Planning (ENVS636)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to emphasise the centrality of people and communities to planning and provide a theoretical and practical foundation to the interactions between people and planning. This will be delivered through four objectives:

1. To develop students’ understanding of the history of community-focussed planning.
2. To improve students’ awareness of the theoretical and practical importance of working with people.
3. To provide students with a “toolkit” of community engagement methods.
4. To develop students’ skills in critical reading & analysis.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will understand and appreciate how planning has worked with and for people since its origins

(LO2) Students will be aware of why working with people is of critical importance to contemporary planning practice

(LO3) Students will be able to use a range of methods to work with communities

(LO4) Students will have practiced and improved their skills of critical reading and analysis

Spatial Planning in Action (ENVS467)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The purpose of this module is to engage students in a client related spatial plan making exercise, More specifically the project aims to Provide an opportunity for students to apply planning concepts and techniques in a practical context:            Enhance the capacity of students to identify, collect and synthesis a variety of relevant information from a variety of sources in relation to a spatial planning task; Evaluate spatial planning options and develop objectives and strategies which are realistic and implementable; Develop an awareness of the ethical and professional issues that confront planning consultants working for a client; Develop collaborative problem solving, project management and written, oral and graphic communication skills; Appreciate how similar issues are managed in different ways in other European countries.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) be able to demonstrate the application of theplanning concepts and techniques that have been studied in other modules in a practical context

(LO2) have a working understanding of aspects of the planmaking process

(LO3) be able to demonstrate engagement in a collaborative problem solving exercise which has culminated in a clear action plan

(LO4) be able to demonstrate a levelof competence in written, oral and graphic communication skills

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Teamwork

(S4) Communication skills

Dissertation Mcd/ma/msc Planning (ENVS491)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to introduce students to research and how to start a research project on a selected planning research topic. There are three main objectives: To give students an opportunity to study a subject of their choosing and develop a masterly understanding of the subject area; To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis, and reasoned argument; To develop individual initiative and judgement; and To develop writing and other communication skills of research findings.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who complete the course successfully will: Develop substantive knowledge of a planning related research topic.

(LO2) 2. Understand the methodological steps involved in the research process of doing a dissertation.

(LO3) 3. Be able to set up and manage a research project

(LO4) 4. Grasp the nature and techniques of applying different research strategies and data collection and analytical methods

(LO5) 5. Be able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguments and relate research findings to planning policy and practice.

(LO6) 6. Be able to write a substantial piece of academic work and use bibliographies,referencing, citations and quotations in the appropriate and correct manner.

(LO7) 7. Understand the ethical issues involved in research.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Ethical awareness

Housing and Community Planning Professional Experience (ENVS637)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to integrate the taught elements of the MA in Community and Housing Planning with experiences of planning practice, whether working directly for a client organisation or through tasks at the request of a client organisation. The placement provides students with a reflective practice experience to explore how theories of housing and community planning challenge and/or are enacted in practice. It is expected that the work completed by the student will contribute to the work of a client, whether through a placement or under the direction of the module coordinator. This will be delivered through three objectives:

1. To provide practical experience in planning with a focus on community or housing
2. To reflect on the “toolkit” of community engagement methods
3. To develop students’ skills in independent analysis and critical reflection

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will understand the operation of professional practice organisations.

(LO2) Students will be able to communicate the impact of rights, law and business on housing or community planning practice

(LO3) Students will develop professional skills for future career application, including managing their own learning through professionally oriented work.

(LO4) Students will develop their personal capacity in self-management and reflection on professional practice situations.


Modules are regularly reviewed to ensure a distinctive and challenging programme and are therefore subject to change.