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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: K4L7
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 31 / BTEC : DDD
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Module details

Programme Year One

The first year of study is a foundation year that provides an introduction to basic features of the planning system in the United Kingdom and an awareness of the broad social, economic and environmental context in which contemporary planning issues arise. Essential study and communication skills for academic study and future employability are given early emphasis so that students are well equipped to take full advantage of the wide range of teaching and learning resources resources including the Planning Studio, the Central Teaching Labs and external speaker series that are made available for their benefit. The ‘Understanding Places’ module includes a residential field class.

Compulsory modules:

  • Town and Country Planning: an Introduction
  • Contemporary Town Planning
  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Urban and Environmental Economics
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Understanding Places

Two options normally selected from:

  • New Horizons in Human Geography
  • Living with Environmental Change
  • Human Geography through Merseyside
  • Social Change & Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1
  • Social Change & Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities

As a result of completing Year One, students will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Basic study skills in social science methodology, information technology and various forms of communication
  • An understanding of the key issues affecting contemporary society from the perspective of both the natural and built environment
  • An awareness of the scope and practice of contemporary town planning and regeneration.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Community Planning (ENVS102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. Develop students’ appreciation of the importance of planning at the community scale

    2. Develop students'' understanding about planning for local need

    3. Develop students'' understanding of the value of ​community engagement in planning

    4. ​Improve student''s skills in critical reading & analysis, and group work & presentation​

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to explain the importance of planning at the community scale

    ​​Students will have had experience of gathering data related to the community level and presenting that data​

    ​Students will be able to understand and explain why community engagement is important in planning, in theoretical and practical terms

    ​Students will have practiced and improved their skills of critical reading and analysis

  • Understanding Place (ENVS105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. ​​Introduce and develop the skills needed by students and practitioners of planning

    2.  Develop the students’ understanding of a city through a field study, planning policy, planning practice and academic planning studies. 
    Learning Outcomes

    ​Demonstrate their understanding ofplace through a field study​

    ​Demonstrate their understanding of andability to analyse academic papers, policy reports and documents​

    ​Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysistechniques​

    ​Appreciate how the skills developed inthe module can improve employability in an academic and practice setting.

  • Contemporary Town Planning (ENVS152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to: 

    A. extend understanding of the form and operation of planning systems at the local level; 

    B. to provide practical experience of surveying, analysis and policy relevance for planning purposes; 

    C. to develop skills in group working, written and graphic presentation. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the module, students should:   

    1.     Be conversant with the process of plan preparation at the local scale and aware of current issues and debates in local planning practice;  


     

    ​2.     Be able to undertake simple local planning surveys, gather secondary data, present, analyse and interpret their findings and formulate simple plans for the development of small areas; 

    3. ​ Be able to work in a group and to present their work using written and graphic methods.

     ​

  • Urban and Environmental Economics (ENVS155)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Disclaimer: Information correct at time of publication. Students should refer to the Student Spider Web for changes to Module Specifications and the Civic Design webpage www.liv.ac.uk/civicdesign for current Programme Structures.  Planned programme structure subject to Faculty approval. Students will be notified of any major changes to the Programme Structure by email.

    The principal objectives of the module are:

    • To provide an introduction of some key micro and macro-economic concepts and principles relevant to urban and environmental policies.
    • To introduce basic spatial analytical techniques and methods used to analyse economic and demographic trends and issues.
    • To appreciate the ways in which economic and demographic analyses contribute to urban and environmental planning.
    Learning Outcomes1. Have a basic knowledge of the history of economic ideas and the core characteristics of differing schools of thought;

      

    ​2. Have a grounded understanding of the economic characteristics of land and environmental regulation;

    ​3. Be familiar with the economic reasoning used to analyse issues in the built and natural environment and be able to relate this to spatial planning practice.

  • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    AimsUsing certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions.

    To encourage students to manage their own learning.

    Learning Outcomes An appreciation of the complexities and multifaceted nature of environmental issues.



    ​An understanding of land-use change, its history, the main drivers and their interactions.

    ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

    ​An introduction to the politics of natural resources and energy.

    ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

    ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

    ​An understanding of the scientific debate about evidence for global climate change, the possible socio-economic impacts of various climate change scenarios, and possible ameliorative measures.

Year One Optional Modules

  • New Horizons in Human Geography (ENVS116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The module aims:    

    • To identify key geographical factors to demonstrate how geography may influence and individuals health.
    • Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​ and demonstrate how they relate to real world case studies
    Learning Outcomes

    To identify key population trends in health and how these vary geographically​

    Understand critical arguments about the role of geography in health research​

    Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​

    Apply social geography theories to real world case studies​

  • Living With Environmental Change (ENVS119)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The over-arching aim of thismodule is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facingsociety and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinaryresearch theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climatechange and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energyefficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach iscrucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to findingholistic and sustainable solutions.

    ​ 

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

    ​Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

    ​Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

    ​Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

  • Human Geography Through Merseyside (ENVS162)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed with the following aims in mind:

    • Introduce students to key areas of human geography inquiry practised at the University of Liverpool through engagement in intensive day-long practical exercises.
    • Ground learning in a particular geographic context through focus on human geographic processes in Merseyside and Liverpool.
    • Provide students with practical experience in a variety of methods for collecting and analysing geographic data.
    • Allow students to practise speaking and writing about geographic concepts and linking these concepts to real-world examples.
    • Provide experience working independently and in groups.
    • Prepare students for studying Human Geography in subsequent years.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this module, successful students will be able to

    • Demonstrate an understanding of key areas of Human Geography inquiry, and relate important geographic concepts to examples in Liverpool and Merseyside.

    • Demonstrate basic skills in the collection and interpretation of geogrpahical data, both qualitative and quantitative.​
  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1 (SOCI102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • Encourages you to think about history in sociological terms, particularly about the ways in which an understanding of the past can help to illuminate the present.
  • Provides you with an appreciation of continuity and change in social life in Britain, with an emphasis, inter alia, on politics, social policy, the economy, family life, and social and cultural relations.

  • Provides you with an understanding of how different social scientists have studied, described and explained these processes of continuity and change in various areas of social life​.

  • Provides you with a way of putting wider processes of continuity and change in social, cultural, political and historical context​.

  • Provides you with a foundation of theories, concepts and knowledge for study at the second and third years. ​

  • Learning OutcomesEncourages you to  describe processes of social continuity and change over time in various areas of social life from a sociological perspective.

    Encourages you to think critically about what we gain by investigating the links between the present and the past.

    ​Encourages you to apply and evaluate sociological theories and concepts in relation to various conceptual, methodological and empirical issues surrounding the question of history and the analysis of social change in various areas of social life.

    Supports the transition to modules in the second year with knowledge and understanding of key events and debates  in social, political and economic ​life.

Programme Year Two

In the second year, we continue to help develop your critical thinking and your planning communication skills to enable students to engage more effectively in group-based problem solving tasks and to develop an awareness of the methodological and spatial design issues that arise in the development of planning schemes. The forces and factors that are influencing the way in which towns and cities are evolving are examined in compulsory modules.

All students have the opportunity to support their choice of degree specialism by taking modules that serve as an introduction to the respective specialised themes of Year Three – through ‘Environmental Sustainability’ relating to the Environment and Planning programme and ‘Cities and Regions’ relating to the Urban Regeneration and Planning programme. Two residential field visits are undertaken in Year 2, one associated with the ‘People and Place: Rural Planning Field Class’ and a second as part of the ‘Research Skills’ module.

Compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Plan Making
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Cities and Regions
  • Urban Design: Introduction to Place Making
  • Applied GIS and Geographical Modelling
  • Rural Planning Field Class
  • People and Place: Research Skills

One option normally selected from:

  • Political Economies of Globalisation
  • Population and Societies
  • An Introduction to Environmental History
  • Social and Cultural Geographies
  • Comparing Welfare States
  • Urban Sociology

As a result of completing Year Two, students will be expected to demonstrate:

  • More advanced skills in the areas of spatial design, information technology and Geocomputation
  • Knowledge, understanding and awareness of the implications of the legal basis for action in the management of the environment
  • Collaborative problem solving techniques
  • A broad understanding of the forces and factors shaping present day society as a basis for more specialised studies in Year Three.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • People and Place (ENVS205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​​To develop students'' understanding of the relationships between people and places.
  • ​​​To continue to develop the skills needed by students and practitioners of planning, including working in a group and carrying out independent research.
  • ​To explore planning in a different locational context.

  • ​To practice the skills needed to apply for jobs and postgraduate study.​

  • Learning Outcomes​​Students will have developed their understanding of the relationships between people and places

    ​Students will have developed their skills in relation to the studying and practicing of planning and will have applied these skills in a range of contexts.

    ​​​​Students will have been introduced to, and had the opportunity to practice, undertaking independent research.

    ​Students will have practiced their employability skills​ by practicing the process of applying for a job or postgraduate course.​

  • Strategic Plan Making (ENVS210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module provides an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used in the preparation and implementation of strategic plans and policies.

    Learning Outcomes

    be familiar with the main elements of the planning process and techniques associated with them

    ​understand planning documents, including how they are prepared and the different functions they serve;

      ​demonstrate a critical perspective on current planning formats;

        understand ther role of plans in shaping places and how the theory of plan making has changed over time

      1. Environmental Sustainability (ENVS218)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        This module aims to: introduce students to current thinking in relation to sustainable development and locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas; develop an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of human development ; develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

        Learning Outcomes

        Students completing the course successfully should:

        1. be aware of current thinking in relation to sustainable development and be able to locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas;
        2. have an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of development;
        3. develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

      2. Cities and Regions (ENVS230)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
        Aims

        To equip students with an understanding of the nature of urban and regional change and the policy issues that it presents.

        Learning OutcomesUnderstand, and be able to discuss, the economic, social and environmental causes of urban and regional change

        ​Understand, and be able to analyse, the consequences of urban and regional change for local economies, environments and societies

        ​Understand, and be able to predict, the policy issues arising from the consequences of urban and regional change
      3. Urban Morphology and Place-making (ENVS256)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        The specific objectives of the module are to:

        • introduce students to the analysis of the qualities and characteristics of the urban fabric;
        • introduce a working knowledge of design approaches regarding the urban environment;
        • introduce the formative design skills and techniques related to site planning;
        • relate urban design issues to the broader planning agenda including development processes and products.


        Learning Outcomes

        ​understand the basic sequence of urban design in history as it helped shape urban places

        ​have the ability to appraise the qualities and character of an area in urban design terms

        ​an understanding of contemporary theories as they relate to urban design

        ​be conversant with basic design and presentation skills needed for urban design projects

        ​have the ability to make proposals to enhance the spatial qualities of urban places

        ​have a basic knowledge of site planning and design issues and their resolution

      4. Field Class (rural Planning) (ENVS289)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        This module is designed to provide an introduction and understanding of the dynamics of change in the countryside and provide an examination of the role of key actors and agencies. The module will examine and critically evaluate policy initiatives for both the human and natural environments and inter-relationships and tensions between the two.

        Learning Outcomes

         To understand the social dynamics within rural areas and appreciate the difficulties facing various groups in accessing services in rural areas including an appreciation of  of pressures on the natural heritage in rural areas;

        ​To understand the range of agency/policy responses to challenges facing rural communities;

        ​To appreciate the role of spatial planning in wrestling with multifunctionality in rural areas.

      5. Gis for Planners (ENVS279)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims

        ​To provide core competence in basic GIS with a focus onapplications of these techniques in the applied context of Planning.​

        Learning Outcomes

        ​Students will be able to use GIS and to import a range of spatial data types into a database.

        ​Students will understand how to implement the basic functions of GIS.​

        ​Students will know how to apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in the process of turning data into information.​

        ​Students, when faced with a new data-set, will be able to work independently using a GIS. ​

      Year Two Optional Modules

      • Population and Societies (ENVS221)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
        Aims

         

        The module aims to

        Provide an understanding  and explaination of  the main societal and cultural determinants of a wide range of demographic and other events, including being born; leaving home; moving home; partnering; having sex; having children; experiencing well-being, falling ill and dying;

         

        Describe and account for how these events lead to spatial and temporal variations in population growth rates and structuresExamine the relevance of the demographic and epidemiological (health) transitions to developing countries, and, Assess the future global population prospects​ 

         The module aims to move far beyond the basic population geography presented in GCSE and A-level syllabuses by providing: (i) greater breadth and depth of coverage; (ii) direct exposure to the population-related research of current staff; (iii) greater critical engagement with the material covered.

         

        Learning Outcomes​​Understand and explain the main societal and cultural determinants of a wide range of demographic and other events, including being born; leaving home; moving home; partnering; having sex; having children; experiencing well-being, falling ill and dying

          Describe and account for how these events lead to spatial and temporal variations in population growth rates and structures​

          Critically examine the relevance of the demographic and epidemiological (health) transitions to developing countries.​

          Critically assess the future global population prospects​

        • An Introduction to Environmental History (ENVS223)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
          Aims

          The module seeks to introduce students to the discipline of Environmental History, examining the different ways in which human-environment interactions have changed through time. Providing students with a knowledge of how present interactions have been shaped by past activities, and how these can be used to better understand the future. 

          It forms a basis for more advanced environmental courses in Year 3.

          Learning Outcomes

          On completion of this module, students should be able:-

          1. Demonstrate an understanding of global environmental history from the pre-history to the present day.

          2. To have a demonstrable understanding and ability to critically evaluate the impact on the earth of: the domestication of plants and animals; the agricultural and industrial revolutions from the eighteenth century; and present day processes of globalisation and resource management.

          3. To critically explain the consequences of desertification and deforestation.

          4. To critically evaluate present day academic and policy perspectives on the sustainability of agricultural and industrial systems.

          5. To engage with debates on environmental philosophy and ethics.

          Achievement of these objectives will be assessed by examination.

        • Political Economies of Globalisation (ENVS264)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
          Aims

          This module introduces students to the study of globalisation. It will be of interest to those who wish to learn how capitalism is transformed, and what challenges this transformation entails for the functioning of national and local economies, states and societies. Specifically, the course examines the changes globalisation has wrought in political life and how globalisation has been contested. Having acquired a basic knowledge of inequalities in the global economy, students will learn how the adverse consequences of globalisation can be challenged, and what are the possibilities of democratic governance in the age of globalisation. By taking this module students will prepare themselves for a more advanced study of international political economy and development and for the world of work where, it can be assumed, nothing will remain the same and the jobs of the future will be created by people who have not yet thought of them.  Finally, it will enable students to understand what are reputable crtiques of the current taken for granted, and what are more dangerous populisms and examples of ''post truth'' politics.

          Learning Outcomes

          By the end of this module, students should:

          • Know and analyse the main paradigms and perspectives on globalisation, mainstream and heterodox

            ​Have a basic understanding of the workings of the global political economy

            ​Be familiar with and be able to analyse the existing examples of anti-globalisation movements.

            ​Understand the contested nature of processes of ‘neoliberalisation.’

        • Comparing Welfare States (SOCI207)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims
        • Sets out and explains Esping-Andersen’s typology of welfare regimes, ''the three worlds of welfare capitalism''.

        • ​Introduces the concepts of ''(de)commodification'', ''(de)stratification'' and ''systems of exchange'' and underlines their significance in understanding ''the mixed economy of welfare'' in different countries.

        • ​Compares and contrasts welfare settlements in liberal, conservative and social democratic regimes with reference to the examples of the USA, Germany and Sweden.

        • ​Provides concetpual tools for critically assessing claims about the similarities and differences between countries'' welfare settlements.

        • ​Shows how welfare policy is shaped by a complex interaction of economic, social and political forces, operating at both national and international levels and over long periods of time.

        • ​Demonstrates that by taking a comparative approach to the study of welfare states, we broaden our knowledge and understanding of social, political and economic affairs in a range of different contexts including our own.

        • Learning OutcomesDemonstrate knowledge of Esping-Andersen’s typology of welfare regimes.

          ​Link Esping-Andersen’s typology to the concepts of ''(de)commodification'' and ''(de)stratification''.

          ​Use Esping-Anderson''s work as a basis for comparing and contrasting welfare settlements in at least two different countries.

          ​Draw on a wide body of evidence to critically assess claims about the similarities and differences between welfare regimes, including those of Esping-Anderson.

          Connect the development of welfare to the ''political economy'' of different kinds of capitalist societies.​

          ​Outline how ''the mixed economy of welfare'' in different countries changes over time in response to wider social, political and economic challenges and crises.

          ​Think across a broad range of welfare settlements in different countries and locate the UK experience within this broader comparative context.

        • Urban Sociology (SOCI236)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims
        • ​To provide an introduction to classical and contemporary social scientific approaches to the study of urban life

        • ​To introduce key classcial and contemporary academic studies of urbanism

        • ​To situate the distinctive contribution made by sociologists to our understanding of cities 

        • ​To critically examine key empirical studies on the social and cultural aspects of city life 

        • Learning Outcomes​ An awareness of the landmark social studies of modern urbanism

            ​An appreciation of the spatial form taken by social inequalities in urban capitalist contexts

            ​Capacity to describe and assess some of the major political interventions in city life in the modern period 

            Understanding of the relationship between theoretical and methodological studies of ​the urban

          Programme Year Three

          Year 3 provides students with a more focussed study programme on their specialist theme: Spatial Planning for Environmental Change in order to gain greater knowledge and expertise of environmental planning. Students are required to take four modules associated with this theme, including two compulsory modules and two optional modules.

          Year Three of the K4L7 programme provides a wide range of choice of a further four and three modules’ worth, respectively, of optional and complementary course modules, one of which can be taken in the form of a double-unit BA dissertation.

          SPATIAL PLANNING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

          Compulsory modules:

          • Environmental Assessment (SEA and EIA)
          • Environmental Planning and Management Project

          Plus six additional optional modules – two of which will be from the specialism.

          As a result of completing Year Three, students will be expected to demonstrate:

          • A greater depth of knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of the field of environment and planning
          • The development of sound practice skills in the methods and techniques relevant to this more specialised field
          • The development of research and investigative skills relevant to this field
          • The development of skills in analysis, synthesis, reasoned argument and communication.

          Year Three Compulsory Modules

          • Environmental Assessment of Policies, Plans, Programmes and Projects (ENVS329)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
            Aims

            This module provides for a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of strategic environmental assessment of policies, plans and programmes and of environmental impact assessment of projects.

            Learning Outcomes 1. Understand why and how EIA and SEA are important to further an environmentally sustainable development and influence policy/practice;

            2. Have a clear understanding of SEA and EIA requirements and practices;

            ​​

            3. Know how to collect, analyse and report environmental information and data in SEA and EIA;

            ​4. Be able to analyse environmental problems effectively and choose suitable assessment tools, methods and techniques;

            ​5. Be able to communicate effectively in (and on) SEA and EIA processes.

          • Environmental Planning and Management Project (ENVS360)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

             

            This module is based upon the execution of a mini-project that is carried out by small groups of students. The individual projects to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and policy prescription. It is well grounded in the Department’s own research activities and draws upon established links with a number of local authorities and other public bodies.

            Learning Outcomes

             1) able to apply skills in selecting, assembling, manipulating, presenting and interpreting data related to environmental planning and management;


            ​2) able to use skills of policy prescription based on these data;

            ​    

            3) able to adopt a critical approach to the examination of existing practice in the analysis and evaluation of environmental planning and management;

            ​ 4) familiar with some of the ethical issues that can arise in the relationship between client and consultant.

          Year Three Optional Modules

          • Civic Design Dissertation (ba) (ENVS302)
            Level3
            Credit level30
            SemesterWhole Session
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

            1.     To develop and practise academic skills in identifying a research topic, formulating a research design, managing the extended research process and achieving milestones, and, drawing relevant policy conclusions from the research findings

            2.     To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of literature;

            3.     To develop analytical skills and critical thinking on environment and planning issues and policies,

            4.     To develop writing, presentation and bibliographic skills in preparing and submitting a high quality, fully-referenced dissertation.

            Learning Outcomes

            Identify an appropriate research topic;

            ​ Design and implement an effective research project using appropriate methods (e.g. literature review, case study) and techniques (e.g. surveys, data analysis);

            ​Manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time;

            ​ Develop a deeper and critically-engaged understanding of a selected topic within the subject area of Civic Design;

            ​Form independent and objective views on issues and policies on a selected specialist subject area; and

            ​Produce a well-written, clearly presented and properly formatted Dissertation

          • Planning Law & Governance (ENVS348)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims
          • ​To extend students’ knowledge of the governance, institutional and political contexts in which spatial planning operates within the UK and to examine the relationships between planners as professional and technical experts, clients, civil society and citizens.
          • ​To introduce current town and country planning legislation in England and Wales and to provide an overview of the law relating to the management of development in practice.​
          • ​To develop students'' ability to undertake independent research on a range of topics - specifically those relating to governance and planning law.

          • Learning Outcomes​Students will be able to demonstrate and apply a knowledge and understanding of the administrative, legal and political context of planning in England

            Students will be able to demonstrate and apply a knowledge and understanding of legislation related to the management of development and the protection of the built and natural environment​

            ​Students will be able to demonstrate and apply​​ the ability to apply the law in practice

            ​Students will be able to demonstrate and apply​​ ​an awareness of the practical considerations which must be taken into account by all those involved in the development management process.

          • International Planning Studies (ENVS378)
            Level3
            Credit level30
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

            1)       To provide an understanding of the purposes, principles and methods of comparative planning study and the potential and challenges of cross-national comparison and learning

            2)       To develop an awareness of the ‘context-dependent’ nature of planning as an activity embedded in different national, cultural, political and spatial settings

            3)       To consider the different  traditions of ‘planning in Europe’

            4)       To understand the context of ‘planning for Europe’ as regards the competence of the EU   to influence matters relating to spatial planning and territorial development, and the impact of European programmes and initiatives on spatial planning in EU member states

            5)       To explore the principles and practices of spatial planning in selected global regions outside Europe  

            6)       To consider how planning systems in different countries address selected contemporary global planning challenges e.g. climate change, poverty, economic development, transport, housing

            7)       To provide an opportunity for students to visit another country to see how in practice another planning system addresses key planning issues  
            Learning Outcomes

                The purposes of undertaking comparative planning study and the value of cross-national comparison and learning

            ​  The context-dependent nature of planning as an activity embedded in different national, cultural, political and spatial settings

            ​  The different traditions of ‘planning in Europe’;

            ​  The influence that European Union planning policies and programmes have on planning practice in different EU member states (‘planning ‘for’ Europe);

            ​   The principles and practices of spatial planning in global regions outside Europe e.g. Asia, Africa and America

            ​   How planning systems in different countries address selected contemporary global planning challenges 

              How another planning system addresses key planning issues in practice

          • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
            Aims

            The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

            Learning Outcomes

            Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

            ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


            ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


            Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

            ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

          • Planning in China (ENVS390)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSummer (June-September)
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims


            1) to provide an understanding of the factors that are contributing to the pace of change

            2) to gain insights into how the planning system works in China to manage the process of chnage

            3) to experience the consequences of rapid urbanisation

            4) to consider the consequences of these changes for planning and development in other national contexts

            Learning Outcomes


            1) An understanding of the causes and consequences of rapid urbanisation and industrial restructuring in China both for China itself and the rest of the world

            ​2) Have a clearer understanding of the planning and development processes in China and there effectiveness in delivering sustainable places



            3) Have a better appreciation of the meaning and implications of a globalisng economy for western economies​

            4. To appreciate a different system of planning
          • Social Control and the City (SOCI310)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
            Aims
          • To understand the main theoretical arguments and debates around social control and surveillance practices.

          • ​To examine the relationship between the urban state power and the development of surveillance practices and social control

          • ​To critically assess the relationship between the prevention of crime, social control and how these impact upon populations defined by class, gender, ''race'' and age

          • To explore social control practices as they impact on uses of space and coneptions of ''place'' 
          • Learning Outcomes

            Grasp the main theoretical debates around social control in the urban context

             

            ​Understand the relationship between city development and the problem of social order

            ​Appreciate the contested nature of both urban social order and the meaning of ''public space''

            ​Critically assess the relationship between crime prevention practices, social control and the constitution of social order in the city

          • Geographic Data Science (ENVS563)
            LevelM
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

            1. The module provides students with core competences in Geographic Data Science (GDS). Thisincludes the following:

              • Advancing their statistical and numerical literacy.

              • Introducing basic principles of programming and state-of-the-art computational tools for

                GDS.

              • Presenting a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies available to the Geographic

                Data Scientist, as well as their intuition as to how and when they can be applied.

              • Focusing on real world applications of these techniques in a geographical and applied

                context.

            Learning OutcomesDemonstrate advanced GIS/GDS concepts and be able to use the tools programmaticallyto import, manipulate and analyse data in different formats.Understand the motivation and inner workings of the main methodological approcahes ofGDS, both analytical and visual.Critically evaluate the suitability of a specific technique, what it can offer and how it canhelp answer questions of interest.Apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in theprocess of turning data into information.

            ​When faced with a new data-set, work independently using GIS/GDS tools programmatically.

          • Green Infrastructure: Concepts, Perceptions and Its Applications in Spatial Planning (ENVS545)
            LevelM
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
            Aims

            The module aims 

            1. To introduce the concept of Green Infrastructure from its historical antecedents to its current use.
            2. To discuss the value of Green Infrastructure planning in urban planning as a mechanism for addressing biodiversity, climate change, health, water management and wider urban greening issues.
            3. To examine the management frameworks of green space planning and debate the utility of a number of evaluation and monitoring techniques available to environmental managers.
            4. To introduce the policy context of Green Infrastructure planning and examine the influences of political will, financial incentives and social needs in developing greener and more sustainable urban environments.
            5. To develop an understanding of how Green Infrastructure can be, and is being, implemented through a more in-depth assessment of a series of global case studies.​
            Learning Outcomes​A critical understanding of the multifunctional benefits of green infrastructure;

            ​An ability to evaluate different planning mechanisms in place that govern the development of Green Infrastructure resources in different localities;

            ​The skills required to evaluate the role and added value of Green Infrastructure in real world planning scenarios;

            ​An ability to critically assess what methods are appropriate in the evaluation of urban and landscape development.

          • Marine Planning Theory and Practice (ENVS421)
            LevelM
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

            The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a theoretical, practical and critical understanding of the notion of marine planning as it is developing internationally, in its wider context of marine management and policy-making.

             The objectives of this module are that students should be able:

            1.      To explore the background, history and theoretical underpinnings of the concept of marine planning.

            2.      To understand and critically appraise key writings that are contributing to the development of marine planning.

            3.      To investigate leading approaches and techniques being applied in marine plan-making and pilot projects.

            4.      To appreciate the diversity of marine planning thought and practice in different political and geographical settings.

            5.      To argue constructively for the appropriate development of marine planning in various contexts.

            Learning Outcomes


            1.      Knowledge of the historical, conceptual and theoretical background of marine planning

            2.      Knowledge of the practical application of the principles of marine planning in selected contexts.​

            3.      Ability to research marine planning literature and documentation.​

            4.      Ability to engage critically with international academic and practitioner arguments for the development of marine planning.​

            5.      Ability to present knowledge and critical thinking about marine planning orally and in written form.​
          • Maritime Geographies (ENVS339)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
            Aims

             

                 

            The aim of this module is to enable students to develop:

             

            1)  A critical understanding of how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies;

             

            2)  An awareness of how physically, the seas have shaped port cities;

             

            3)  A deep knowledgeof how in the present era, oceans are vital to legal,economic and environmental concerns.

             

             

             

            Learning Outcomes

            Communicate knowledge ofthe place of seas and oceans in the discipline of geography;

            Demonstratea critical understanding of understanding how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies; how physically, the seas have shaped and impact onport cities; and in the present era how oceans are vital to legal, economic andenvironmental concerns;

            ​ Engagecritically with literature and documentation concerning maritime geographies;

            Criticallyassess and evaluate the geographies of seas and oceans in the context of maritime Merseyside. 

            ​Presentknowledge and critical discussion of the role of maritime worlds for physical andhuman geographies in written form.

          • Planning and Property Development (ENVS569)
            LevelM
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
            Aims

            This module is aimed at students with a limited prior knowledge of this area and considers the processes through which the built environment is used, produced, managed and renewed. Its objectives are to introduce methods of property valuation, property market dynamics and the processes of urban and rural development (including regeneration, estate management and conservation).   

            Learning Outcomes

            1. Demonstarte and apply a critical understanding of land and property markets;


            ​2. Demonstarte and apply a critical understanding of property valuation methodologies;

            3. Demonstarte and apply a critical understanding of the development process.
          • Politics of the Environment (ENVS325)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
            Aims

            This unit is designed to critically evaluate the political responses to the growing impact that environmental issues and the concept of sustainability are having on decision making at all levels of governance, (international, national and local). More specifically the unit aims to: 

            1)         develop an understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in political decision-making processes; 

            2)         explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives;  

            3)         develop an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states; 

            4)         understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance; 

            5)         explore the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda

            Learning Outcomesan appreciation of how environmental issues are being developed at all levels of governance

            ​an understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

            an understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision making processes an understanding of the way that various environmental intereste groups impact on political and other decision making processes 
             

          The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


          Teaching and Learning

          Planning education has an important vocational focus and in Liverpool we consider a real world connection to be extremely important. Our students gain a broad understanding of planning, from the ways in which towns and cities have evolved and are being reshaped to meet the challenges of the 21st century to the effects of planning on the environment and planning’s role in urban regeneration.

          To do this we have designed varied programmes of study with a range of teaching styles. You will ‘learn by doing’ through place-based projects and field classes as well as be introduced to real-life examples from around the world.

          Our programmes also include specialised training in Geographic Information Systems, mapping and urban design. Together these approaches ensure that you gain valuable transferable skills whilst studying with us.

          A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.


          Assessment

          A variety of different methods of assessment are employed. These include conventional forms of written examination together with various forms of continuous assessment and coursework, either as a member of a group or as an individual. Coursework can include essay writing, the writing of reports for external clients and the preparation and presentation of seminar papers. Project work involves the assembly of posters or displays of material and the mounting of conference presentations for the benefit of invited audiences. Throughout their degrees Students are encouraged to use the variety of assessment methods to develop the key employability skills of communication, cooperation and negotiation needed to become a successful practitioners.