Environment and Planning BA (Hons)

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Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

Programme Year One

The first year of study 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 including the Planning Studio, the Central Teaching Laboratories and external speaker series that are made available for their benefit. The Understanding places module includes a residential field class. 

Students will take the core modules and select two choices from the optional modules.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Understanding Place (ENVS105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Introduce and develop the skills needed by students and practitioners of planning.

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate their understanding of place through a field study.

    (LO2) Demonstrate their understanding of and ability to analyse academic papers, policy reports and documents.

    (LO3) Demonstrate basic GIS interpretation and analysis techniques.

    (LO4) Appreciate how the skills developed in the module can improve employability in an academic and practice setting.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S4) GIS and other practical skills necessary for planning

  • Town & Country Planning: An Introduction (ENVS110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims to provide an introduction to the history, theory and practice of town and country planning in Britain.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) a)  be conversant with the growth and developmeng of twon planning in Britain

    (LO2) b) be familiar with the operation of the current planning system

    (LO3) c) be able to discuss selected issues in contemporary planning theory and practice

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

  • Urban and Environmental Economics (ENVS155)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) 1. Have a basic knowledge of the history of economic ideas and the core characteristics of differing schools of thought;

    (LO2) 2. Have a grounded understanding of the economic characteristics of land and environmental regulation;

    (LO3) 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.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Communication skills

  • Community Planning (ENVS102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop students’ appreciation of the importance of planning at the community scale;
    Develop students' understanding about planning for local need; Develop students' understanding of the value of community engagement in planning Improve student's skills in critical reading and analysis, and group work & presentation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to explain the importance of planning at the community scale.

    (LO2) Students will have had experience of gathering data related to the community level and presenting that data.

    (LO3) Students will be able to understand and explain why community engagement is important in planning, in theoretical and practical terms.

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

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S7) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S8) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S9) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S10) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S11) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

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

    Extend understanding of the form and operation of planning systems at the local level; 
    To provide practical experience of surveying, analysis and policy relevance for planning purposes; 
    To develop skills in group working, written and graphic presentation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be conversant with the process of plan preparation at the local scale and aware of current issues and debates in local planning practice

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Be able to work in a group and to present their work using written and graphic methods.  

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

  • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The module aims to introduce students to the key principles that govern the interactions between organisms and their environment, and how these can be used as the basis for conservation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand and explain fundamental principles of how ecological systems are structured and how they function at the scale of individuals, populations and communities

    (LO2) To understand the effects of human activities on communities and ecosystems at a range of timescales

    (LO3) Develop an ability to critically evaluate how ecological understanding and data can be used to inform conservation policy

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S2) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S3) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

    (S4) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

Year One Optional Modules

  • Living With Environmental Change (ENVS119)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The over-arching aim of this module is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facing society and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinary research theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climate change and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energy efficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach is crucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to finding holistic and sustainable solutions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

    (LO2) Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

    (LO3) Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

    (LO4) Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

    (S1) Abstraction and synthesis of information

    (S2) Assessing the merits of contrasting theories and explanations

    (S3) Taking responsibility for learning and reflection upon that learning

    (S4) Synthesising, contextualising and critically evaluating information of different styles and from different sources

  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography (ENVS161)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with an introduction to cutting edge debates in contemporary human geography.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in contemporary human geography

    (LO2) Recognize the contribution and interplay of key subdisciplinary areas within contemporary human geography

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge of a range of subdisciplinary approaches to key concepts in human geography including space and place

    (S1) Critical thinking

    (S2) Written communication

  • New Horizons in Human Geography (ENVS116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) To identify key population trends in health and how these vary geographically

    (LO2) Understand critical arguments about the role of geography in health research

    (LO3) Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion

    (LO4) Apply social geography theories to real world case studies

    (S1) Develop reasoned arguments

    (S2) Critically evaluate evidence

    (S3) problem-solving and decision-making skills

    (S4) self-reflective learning

    (S5) good written communication and presentation

  • Human Geography Through Merseyside (ENVS162)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting35:65
    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 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

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of key areas of Human Geography inquiry, and relate important geographic concepts to examples in Liverpool and Merseyside.

    (LO2) Demonstrate basic skills in the collection and interpretation of geographical data, both qualitative and quantitative.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Teamwork

  • Context 1.1: History of Architecture (ARCH171)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students an outline knowledge of how architecture, with its associated technologies, cultural connections and urban settings has evolved from ancient times to the twentieth century.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An outline knowledge of some of the main themes in world architectural history, and an introduction to the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies which influence the design of buildings (RIBA: GC2.1).

    (LO2) An outline knowledge of some of the major premodern technologies and spatial and social issues which have shaped architecture worldwide, introducing the influence of architectural history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture (RIBA: GC2.2).

    (LO3) An outline knowledge of the relationship between architecture and other arts, introducing the influence of the theories, practices and technologies of selected areas of the fine arts on architectural design (RIBA: GC3.1).

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills).

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills.

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness.

Programme Year Two

Students will take the following compulsory modules and select one choice from the optional modules detailed below.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • People and Place (ENVS205)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    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

    (LO1) Students will have developed their understanding of the relationships between people and places

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Students will have been introduced to, and had the opportunity to practice, undertaking independent research.

    (LO4) Students will have practiced their employability skills by practicing the process of applying for a job or postgraduate course.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

  • Strategic Plan Making (ENVS210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) be familiar with the main elements of the planning process and techniques associated with them

    (LO2) understand planning documents, including how they are prepared and the different functions they serve;

    (LO3) demonstrate a critical perspective on current planning formats;

    (LO4) understand ther role of plans in shaping places and how the theory of plan making has changed over time

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication skills

  • 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

    (LO1) Students completing the course successfully should be aware of current thinking in relation to sustainable development and be able to locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas

    (LO2) Students completing the course successfully should have an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of development;

    (LO3) Students completing the course successfully should develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) International awareness

  • Cities and Regions (ENVS230)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand, and be able to discuss, the economic, social and environmental causes of urban and regional change

    (LO2) Understand, and be able to analyse, the consequences of urban and regional change for local economies, environments and societies

    (LO3) Understand, and be able to predict, the policy issues arising from the consequences of urban and regional change

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) International awareness

  • Urban Morphology and Place-making (ENVS256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Th e 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

    (LO1) understand the basic sequence of urban design in history as it helped shape urban places

    (LO2) have the ability to appraise the qualities and character of an area in urban design terms

    (LO3) an understanding of contemporary theories as they relate to urban design

    (LO4) be conversant with basic design and presentation skills needed for urban design projects

    (LO5) have the ability to make proposals to enhance the spatial qualities of urban places

    (LO6) have a basic knowledge of site planning and design issues and their resolution

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Teamwork

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

    The module aims to develop an understanding of how and why GIS is useful in the social sciences. It will introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS and enable students to devleop: (i) a theoretical knowledge of GIS and spatial analytical methods, and; (ii) a practical ability to apply GIS in the handling and analysis of spatial data in a human geography context.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to use GIS and to import a range of spatial data types into a database.

    (LO2) Students will understand how to implement the basic functions of GIS.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) Students, when faced with a new data-set, will be able to work independently using a GIS. 

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Numeracy

  • 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

    (LO1) 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;

    (LO2) To understand the range of agency/policy responses to challenges facing rural communities;

    (LO3) To appreciate the role of spatial planning in wrestling with multifunctionality in rural areas.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

Year Two Optional Modules

  • People and Place (ENVS205)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    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

    (LO1) Students will have developed their understanding of the relationships between people and places

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Students will have been introduced to, and had the opportunity to practice, undertaking independent research.

    (LO4) Students will have practiced their employability skills by practicing the process of applying for a job or postgraduate course.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

  • Strategic Plan Making (ENVS210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) be familiar with the main elements of the planning process and techniques associated with them

    (LO2) understand planning documents, including how they are prepared and the different functions they serve;

    (LO3) demonstrate a critical perspective on current planning formats;

    (LO4) understand ther role of plans in shaping places and how the theory of plan making has changed over time

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication skills

  • 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

    (LO1) Students completing the course successfully should be aware of current thinking in relation to sustainable development and be able to locate environmental sustainability within this broader framework of ideas

    (LO2) Students completing the course successfully should have an understanding of various dimensions of environmental sustainability and their relationship to patterns of development;

    (LO3) Students completing the course successfully should develop an understanding of the role of the public and private sectors in promoting environmentally sustainable development.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) International awareness

  • Cities and Regions (ENVS230)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand, and be able to discuss, the economic, social and environmental causes of urban and regional change

    (LO2) Understand, and be able to analyse, the consequences of urban and regional change for local economies, environments and societies

    (LO3) Understand, and be able to predict, the policy issues arising from the consequences of urban and regional change

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) International awareness

  • Urban Morphology and Place-making (ENVS256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Th e 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

    (LO1) understand the basic sequence of urban design in history as it helped shape urban places

    (LO2) have the ability to appraise the qualities and character of an area in urban design terms

    (LO3) an understanding of contemporary theories as they relate to urban design

    (LO4) be conversant with basic design and presentation skills needed for urban design projects

    (LO5) have the ability to make proposals to enhance the spatial qualities of urban places

    (LO6) have a basic knowledge of site planning and design issues and their resolution

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Teamwork

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

    The module aims to develop an understanding of how and why GIS is useful in the social sciences. It will introduce students to the fundamentals of GIS and enable students to devleop: (i) a theoretical knowledge of GIS and spatial analytical methods, and; (ii) a practical ability to apply GIS in the handling and analysis of spatial data in a human geography context.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to use GIS and to import a range of spatial data types into a database.

    (LO2) Students will understand how to implement the basic functions of GIS.

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) Students, when faced with a new data-set, will be able to work independently using a GIS. 

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Numeracy

  • 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

    (LO1) 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;

    (LO2) To understand the range of agency/policy responses to challenges facing rural communities;

    (LO3) To appreciate the role of spatial planning in wrestling with multifunctionality in rural areas.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

Programme Year Three

Students will take the following compulsory modules. Students will also select two additional optional modules that relate to their specialism: Spatial Planning for Environmental Change and their remaining modules from the optional modules detailed below. Students may be required to select a research module choice (e.g. dissertation).

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Environmental Assessment of Policies, Plans, Programmes and Projects (ENVS329)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    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

    (LO1) 1. Understand why and how EIA and SEA are important to further an environmentally sustainable development and influence policy/practice;

    (LO2) 2. Have a clear understanding of SEA and EIA requirements and practices;

    (LO3) 3. Know how to collect, analyse and report environmental information and data in SEA and EIA;

    (LO4) 4. Be able to analyse environmental problems effectively and choose suitable assessment tools, methods and techniques;

    (LO5) 5. Be able to communicate effectively in (and on) SEA and EIA processes.

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) International awareness

  • 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 client based mini-project. This module aims to provide students with the support to develop skills of analysis, interpretation, policy prescription and ethical considerations that may arise in client consultant relationshipS. 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. The foundation for this module is laid out in the pre-requisite module of ENVS 329 (Sem 1). Hence, this module is based on applying the knowledge gained in ENVS329 and adds in real-life scenarios and is conducted in partnership with an identified client. It therefore lends itself to research-connected teaching, active learning and authentic assessment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) able to apply skills in selecting, assembling, manipulating, presenting and interpreting data related to an environmental planning and management project;

    (LO2) able to use skills of policy prescription based on these data;

    (LO3) able to adopt a critical approach to the examination of existing practice in the analysis and evaluation of environmental planning and management projects;

    (S1) Problem Solving

    (S2) Communication

    (S3) Leadership

    (S4) Teamwork

Year Three Optional Modules

  • 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 10 to 50 years by understanding current climate variablity and the data and models available. To understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past (last 100 years) and present climates.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Evaluate a range of future climate change projections .

    (LO2) Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.

    (LO3) Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 

    (LO4) Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication.

    (LO5) Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

    (S1) Learning and studying, Developing autonomous learning and metacognition  decision making and prioritising tasks

    (S2) Communication in formats appropriate to the audience

    (S3) Awareness of responsibility as a local, national and international citizen with a global perspective

    (S4) Taking responsibility for learning and reflection upon that learning

  • Contemporary Population Dynamics (ENVS311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This course focuses on long-term European population trends.  The fertility, mortality and migration dynamics of a representative cross-section of European countries are examined and competing explanations for demographic changes are discussed. The specific challenges that current population changes pose to public policy are also discussed.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Compare and contrast trends in fertility, migration and mortality across selected European countries;

    (LO2) Critically evaluate competing explanations for population change;

    (LO3) Critically discuss the implications of different political; economic and social contexts for population dynamics;

    (LO4) Propose and evaluate policy-responses addressing challenges associated with population change.

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

  • Geographic Data Science (ENVS363)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate advanced GIS/GDS concepts and be able to use the tools programmaticallyto import, manipulate and analyse data in different formats.

    (LO2) Understand the motivation and inner workings of the main methodological approaches ofGDS, both analytical and visual.

    (LO3) Critically evaluate the suitability of a specific technique, what it can offer and how it canhelp answer questions of interest.

    (LO4) Apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in theprocess of turning data into information.

    (LO5) When faced with a new data-set, work independently using GIS/GDS tools programmatically.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Problem solving skills

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

    (S6) Communication skills

  • Green Infrastructure Planning (ENVS345)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims:

    To introduce the concept of Green Infrastructure from its historical antecedents to its current use.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the multifunctional benefits of green infrastructure.

    (LO2) By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the planning mechanisms in place that govern the development of green infrastructure resources.

    (LO3) By the end of the module students will have the skills to evaluate the role and added value of green infrastructure in real world planning scenarios

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • International Planning Studies (ENVS378)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    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 global regions outside Europe e.g. Asia, Africa and America 6)       To consider how planning systems in different countries address selected contemporary global planning challenges e.g. climate change, poverty, economic development, transport, housing To provide an opportunity for students to visit another country to see how in practice another planning system addresses key planning issues

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The purposes of undertaking comparative planning study and the value of cross-national comparison and learning

    (LO2) The context-dependent nature of planning as an activity embedded in different national, cultural, political and spatial settings

    (LO3) The different traditions of ‘planning in Europe’;

    (LO4) The influence that European Union planning policies and programmes have on planning practice in different EU member states (‘planning ‘for’ Europe);

    (LO5) The principles and practices of spatial planning in global regions outside Europe e.g. Asia, Africa and America

    (LO6) How planning systems in different countries address selected contemporary global planning challenges

    (LO7) Awareness of the global agenda for planning (climate change goals; UN Sustainable Development Goals; Urban Agenda)

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S4) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S5) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S6) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S7) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S8) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

    (S9) International awareness

    (S10) Communication skills

    (S11) Organisational skills

    (S12) Ethical awareness

    (S13) Leadership

  • Marine Planning Theory & Practice (ENVS341)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the theoretical, practical and critical background of marine planning as it is developing internationally. The objectives of this module are that students should be able:
    To explore the background, history and theoretical underpinnings of the concept of marine planning;
    To understand key writings that are contributing to the development of marine planning;
    To appreciate the diversity of marine planning thought and practice in different political and geographical settings;
    To argue constructively for the appropriate development of marine planning in various contexts.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge of the historical, conceptual and theoretical background of marine planning.

    (LO2) Knowledge of the practical application of the principles of marine planning in selected contexts.

    (LO3) Ability to understand international academic and practitioner arguments for the development of marine planning.

    (LO4) Ability to present knowledge and critical thinking about marine planning orally and in written form.

    (LO5) Ability to show commitment to preparation of a group-based task at specific times.

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) International awareness

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills

    (S4) Problem solving skills

    (S5) Team (group) working

  • Planning & Property Development (ENVS369)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module is concerned with 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

    (LO1) 1. Demonstrate and apply a critical understanding ofland and property markets;

    (LO2) 2. Demonstrate and apply a critical understanding of property valuation methodologies;

    (LO3) 3. Demonstrate and apply a critical understanding ofUnderstandign the property development process.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Communication skills

  • Planning Law & Governance (ENVS348)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond 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

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate and apply a knowledge and understanding of the administrative, legal and political context of planning in England

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate and apply the ability to apply the law in practice

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S6) Information skills - Evaluation

    (S7) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S8) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

  • Politics of the Environment (ENVS325)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    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;
    Develop an understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in political decision-making processes.
    Explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives.
    Develop an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states.
    Understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance.
    Explore the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) an appreciation of how environmental issues are being developed at all levels of governance

    (LO2) an understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

    (LO3) 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

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • Urban Design Project (ENVS359)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Disclaimer : Information correct at time of publication. Students should refer to the Student Spider Web for changes to Module Specifications 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 aim of this module is to lead students by means of a realistic design brief through the process of analysing a large site, carrying out necessary contextual studies and then preparing an urban design framework, an indicative site master plan and to develop a smaller part of the site in more detail.

    The specific objectives of the module are to provide students with: 
           
    An understanding of the procedures and appropriate techniques required to prepare urban design guidance and proposals;
            
    A working knowledge of how contemporary urban design relates to current planning legislation;

    An opportunity to practice urban design techniques and procedures in a realistic setting;

    An understanding of basic development valuation appraisal for a site and its impact on design and development issues

    A grasp of urban design form by means of 3-dimensional modelling techniques, and an opportunity to demonstrate analytical, design and presentation skills acquired on earlier modules.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Successful completion of the module should ensure students: are familiar with the necessary analytical and presentation skills required to undertake major projects;

    (LO2) are conversant with how to approach the framing of urban design guidance for a major development or regeneration site;

    (LO3) can confidently prepare urban design proposals based on sound preparatory studies;

    (LO4) appreciate the inter-relationship of property development issues, economic feasibility and the urban design development potential of a site.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

  • Urban Design Studies (ENVS312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module is designed as a follow-on to ENVS256 ‘Urban Morphology & Place-Making’ to explore some of the themes of urban design in more depth. The aim is to expand on and deepen a student’s understanding of the character and quality of places, including the key components of urban form.

    By these means students should develop;

    A detailed appreciation of the nature and structure of urban space.

    Knowledge of the principal design approaches used to create good urban environments.

    A detailed understanding of contemporary techniques used by urban designers.

    The ability to appreciate and evaluate the quality of urban design proposals.

    Range of analytical, design and presentational skills required for urban design projects.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 1. Be able to appraise the qualities and character of an area in urban design terms;

    (LO2) 2. Have a good knowledge of site planning and design issues and how they can be resolved;

    (LO3) 3. Have an understanding of contemporary theories and issues as they relate to urban design;

    (LO4) 4. Have undertaken a realistic project  to help regenerate an area using urban design proposals;

    (LO5) 5. Understand what constitutes successful urban design and how it can be achieved.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

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

    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.
    To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of literature.
    To develop analytical skills and critical thinking on environment and planning issues and policies.
    To develop writing, presentation and bibliographic skills in preparing and submitting a high quality, fully-referenced dissertation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify an appropriate research topic;

    (LO2)  Design and implement an effective research project using appropriate methods (e.g. literature review, case study) and techniques (e.g. surveys, data analysis);

    (LO3) Manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time;

    (LO4)  Develop a deeper and critically-engaged understanding of a selected topic within the subject area of Civic Design;

    (LO5) Form independent and objective views on issues and policies on a selected specialist subject area; and

    (LO6) Produce a well-written, clearly presented and properly formatted Dissertation

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Ethical awareness

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) Problem solving skills

  • Issues in Planning Research (ENVS346)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module enables students to develop a topic of their own choice in greater depth and improve their skills in identifying and defining an academic or societal planning problem, develop and present an idea to a professional audience, and organise thoughts in writing.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and formulate a topic, requiring information gathering and synthesis of widely ranging information types

    (LO2) Effectively communicate ideas through oral and written media

    (LO3) Competently handle current communications technology

    (LO4) Synthesise arguments and evidence

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

  • Building Better Worlds (ENVS387)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To examine understandings of how the world and social relations are reproduced and co-created by people who understand what is wrong and what needs to be changed, and that everyone, including students themselves, have the capacity to make or inhibit change in their everyday and work lives.

    To consider that politics are not solely what happens in elections – but are part and parcel of everyday life.

    To consider how people in different places have struggled for justice, including global examples over the past 500 years.

    To develop an understanding of how people and communities have agency and the ability to shape their future.

    To examine the socially constructed nature of the world, as well as how people organize to co-create the realities and cultures they would like to be a part of and live in.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the array of differing knowledges, ethics, and practices that are found within and across differing social movements

    (LO2) Analyse contemporary social movements and notions of living with dignity using a wide array of varying theoretical frameworks

    (LO3) Understand the range of tactics and strategies available to social movements with respect to both engaging in resistance and constructing alternatives

    (LO4) Understand the differing ways in which structural and historical challenges are defined by theorists and communities, as well as how social movements respond to them

    (LO5) Analyse the development of a specific social movement using theory and conceptualisations of resistance, alternatives, and transformation

    (LO6) Understand the range of responses open to opponents of social movements that enable them to support or hinder their aims

    (LO7) Analyse how protest and mobilisation both from grassroots and elite groups has accelerated and limited the possibilities for progress towards social change

    (S1) Ethical awareness

    (S2) International awareness

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S6) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S7) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S8) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

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.

Please note: 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 disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.