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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L7K4
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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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. You will also be introduced to a number of key issues in Geography including climate change, globalisation, sustainability and fieldwork, which will provide the basis of your degree. Essential study and communication skills are given early emphasis so that students are well equipped to take full advantage of the wide range of teaching and learning resources that are made available for their benefit.

Compulsory modules:

  • Town and Country Planning: an Introduction
  • Contemporary Town Planning
  • Urban and Environmental Economics
  • Living with Environmental  Change
  • New Horizons in Human Geography
  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography

Plus one Skills module from:

  • Understanding Places (Planning)
  • Study Skills & GIS (Human Geography)

Two options normally selected from:

  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Human Geography through Merseyside
  • Social Change & Social Policy in Contemporary Society 1
  • Social Change & Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities
  • Foundations in International Politics

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Research Frontiers in Human Geography (ENVS161)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

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

    Learning OutcomesDemonstrate an understanding of key issues in contemporary human geography

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

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

Year One Optional 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Social Change and Social Policy in Contemporary Society 2: Changing Inequalities (SOCI103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To provide students with an appreciation of the main changes that have taken place in British society since 1945, with a particular emphasis on ''race'' and ethnicity, gender and social class.

     

  • ​To provide students with an understanding of how sociologists have studied, described and explained these changes.

  • Learning Outcomes

    to describe and explain some of the main social changes that have taken place in British society since 1945 by drawing upon sociological studies. 

    ​to discuss the inter-relationship between ''race'', ethnicity, class and gender and understand the influence of these on society.

    to evaluate different sociological concepts and theories and relate these to broader historical, social and political contexts.

Programme Year Two

In the second year, skill levels are a central component of our teaching 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. Students are also introduced to social statistics and the theoretical approaches to geographical thought. The forces and factors that are influencing the way in which the world in general, and our towns and cities more locally, are evolving are examined in compulsory modules.

All students have the opportunity to verify 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 or through optional Human Geography modules.  

Students will take participate in a residential field visit associated with 'Rural Planning Field Class' module or the place based Edinburgh or Newcastle trips. .

Compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Plan Making
  • Urban Design: Introduction to Place Making
  • Statistics for Social Scientists
  • Principles and Theory in Geography

Plus one skills module:

  • Research Skills (Geography & Environmental Science)1
  • People & Places (Planning)*

Plus one field study class:

  • Field Class – Edinburgh1
  • Field Class – Newcastle1
  • Field Class – Lake District*

Plus one of:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Cities and Regions

Plus one of:

  • Population and Societies
  • Rural Geographies
  • Applied GIS and Modelling
  • Political Economies of Globalisation
  • Social and Cultural Geographies

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
  • An understanding of the conceptual approaches to geographical thought
  • A broad understanding of the forces and factors shaping present day society as a basis for more specialised studies in Year Three
  • To be eligible to transfer onto the MPlan or MGeog programmes students must select either the Planning or Geography research skills and field class options (see 1 and *).

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • 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. 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

      2. 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.

      3. Principles and Theory in Geography (ENVS249)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
        Aims
        • To develop a critical and reflexive sense of the nature of geography as a dynamic, plural and contested discipline.
        • To become aware of major theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in Geography.
        • To develop an understanding of cutting edge debates in physical and human Geography.
        • To develop an understanding of the interrelations and interface between physical and human Geography, particularly around environmental issues.
        Learning Outcomes
        Critically evaluate key perspectives on human and physical geography, and to situate them in the history of the discipline.

          ​Apply different styles of spatial thinking to particular contexts and research questions.
          Engage in theoretical understanding of the behaviour of complex social and physical systems, and the approached to their modelling.

          ​​Understand the relevance of theoretical debates for their own research practices.​

          Understand the interface between physical and human Geography, and be able to illustrate how this can help in the analysis of environmental problems.​

        • Statistics for Social Scientists (ENVS225)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
          Aims
          1. To train students in statistics for the Social Sciences.
          2. To equip students with knowledge on how to conduct research using quantitative methods based on both primary and secondary data sources.
          3. To ensure that students understand the importance of statistics in real life
          Learning OutcomesTo understand why statistics are used in social science

          To understand statistical terms in scientific papers and the media

          To select appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions

          To analyse and summarise data using descriptive statistics and inferential methods

          To use Excel & SPSS to apply these methods, and interpret the output​

        Year Two Optional Modules

        • 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.’

        • Social and Cultural Geographies (ENVS275)
          Level2
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
          AimsBy the end of this module, we aim for you to:
          • Have an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;
          • Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;
          • Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;
          • Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;
          • Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;
          • Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical examples;
          • Have an appreciation of the range of methods used in social and cultural geographies.
          Learning OutcomesHave an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;

          ​Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;

          ​Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;

          ​Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;

          ​Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;

          ​Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical (academic) examples.

        • 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
        • 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.

        Programme Year Three

        In Year 3 Students select which Planning or Geography route they wish to pursue for their final degree.

        Students select one of three themes in order to gain greater knowledge and expertise in one particular aspect of geography, environment and planning – Spatial Planning for Environmental Change, Transforming Cities and Regions or Human Geography.

        Students complete an independent dissertation which brings together the skills and techniques learnt throughout their degree to a produce a piece of academic research. Students are also required to take four modules associated with their chosen theme.

        Students pursuing a Planning degree are required to take two compulsory modules from their theme (environment or urban regeneration) plus two optional modules. Students following the Geography route are required to to take four compulsory and choose four optional modules.

        Transforming Cities and Regions

        Compulsory modules:

        • Urban and Regional Regeneration
        • Urban and Regional Regeneration Project
        • Planning Dissertation (double module)

        Spatial Planning for Environmental Change

        Compulsory modules:

        • Environmental Assessment (SEA and EIA)
        • Environmental Planning and Management Project
        • Planning Dissertation (double module)

        Human Geography

        Compulsory modules:

        • Human Geography Dissertation (double module)
        • Human Geography Field Class (Options: Barcelona, Santa Cruz or Singapore) (double module)

        Plus four additional modules from:

        They are also required to take four additional Geography modules choosing from:

        • Politics of the Environment
        • Urban Environmental Design
        • Urban Environmental Design Project
        • Geographical Information Systems
        • Climate Change – A Critical Review
        • Green Infrastructure
        • Urban Design and Regeneration
        • Urban Design and Regeneration Project
        • Understanding Social Exclusion
        • International Planning Studies (double module)
        • Geographies of Resistance
        • Post-Colonial Geographies
        • Issues (in Human Geography)
        • Geographies of Energy and Natural Resources
        • European Population Trends

        Students wishing to progress onto the MPlan are required to take:

        • Planning and Property Development
        • Planning Law and Governance
        • International Planning Studies (double module)

        The 'International Planning Studies' module includes an overseas field study visit.

        Plus:

        For students choosing Spatial Planning for Environmental Change as a specialism:

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

        With two additional optional modules from the specialism.

        Or          

        For students choosing Transforming Cities and Regions as a specialism:

        • Urban and Regional Regeneration
        • Urban and Regional Regeneration Project

        For students wishing to progress onto the MGeog are required to take the following modules:

        • Human Geography Dissertation (double module)
        • Human Geography Field Class (Options: Barcelona, Santa Cruz or Singapore) (double module)

        They are also required to take four additional Geography modules choosing from:

        • Geographical Information Systems
        • Climate Change – A Critical Review
        • Understanding Social Exclusion
        • Geographies of Resistance
        • Post-Colonial Geographies
        • Issues (in Human Geography)
        • Geographies of Energy and Natural Resources
        • European Population Trends

        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

        • Dissertation Mcd/ma/msc Planning (ENVS491)
          LevelM
          Credit level60
          SemesterSummer (June-September)
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims


          This module aims to introduce students to research and how to start a research project on a selected planning research topic. There are three main objectives:

          1. To give students an opportunity to study a subject of their choosing and develop a masterly understanding of the subject area;
          2. To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis, and reasoned argument;
          3. To develop individual initiative and judgement; and
          4. To develop writing and other communication skills of research findings.
          Learning Outcomes

          Students who complete the course successfully will:

          1. Develop substantive knowledge of a planning related research topic.

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

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

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

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

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

          ​7. Understand the ethical issues involved in research.

        Year Three Optional Modules

        • Urban and Regional Regeneration (ENVS336)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
          Aims

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

          Learning Outcomes Understand and be able to discuss alternative theoretic approaches to solving problems of urban renaissance and be able to critically evaluate examples of urban policies and plans associated with urban renaissance. 


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

          ​Be able to initiate and develop urban policy and planning responses to problems of urban renaissance and neighbourhood renewal.

        • 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;

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          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.

        • 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.

        • Planning & Property Development (ENVS369)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
          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

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

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

          ​3. Demonstrate and apply a critical understanding ofUnderstandign the property development process.

        • Field Class (santa Cruz) (ENVS352)
          Level3
          Credit level30
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          To provide students with experience in:

          • Application of theory to practical field research.
          • General fieldwork skills (Critical observation, data collection and management, continual re-evaluation of progress, etc.).
          • Team work.
          • Synthesis, interpretation, and presentation of data obtained through independent research.
          • Group report writing.

          Learning Outcomes

          Identification of research questions from current research literature

          ​Formulation of a research proposal with appropriate scope for a short field study

          ​Implementation of a field research project

          ​Analysis and interpretation of findings

          ​Formal presentation of research findings in academic journal format

        • Field Class (singapore) (ENVS353)
          Level3
          Credit level30
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

           After completing this module, the students are expected to be able to:

          - critically discuss aspects of the human geography of Singapore and their effect on the urban landscape;

          - develop a persuasive project proposal and implement it;

          -conduct observations, manage data, make decisions and solve problems while working in the field;

          - effectively evaluate and communicate research plans and results, both orally and in writing


          Learning Outcomes

          After successfully completing this module students will be able to critically discuss aspects of the human geography of Singapore and their effect on the urban landscape


           


          ​After successfully completing this module students will be able to develop a persuasive project proposal and implement it.

          ​-After successfully completing this module students will be able to conduct observations, manage data, make decisions and solve problems while working in the field

          ​-After successfully completing this module students will be able to effectively evaluate and communicate research plans and results, both orally and in writing

        • 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 
           

        • 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

        • Green Infrastructure: Concepts, Perceptions and Its Applications in Spatial Planning (ENVS345)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
          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

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

          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.

          ​​​​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

          ​By the end of the module students will have the ability to assess what methods are appropriate in the evaluation of urban and landscape development

        • 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; and
          • the range of analytical, design and presentational skills required for urban design projects.
           
          Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

          ​5. Understand what constitutes successful urban design and how it can be achieved.

        • 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

        • Postcolonial Geographies (ENVS334)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          This level three module aims to explore the relevance of postcolonial ideas to understanding the contemporary world.

          The module will also aims to applying theoretical ideas to a number of case studies. The first section will deal with colonialism and its legacies in formerly colonised areas, particularly South Asia. This section will allow students to critically interrogate processes such as development and political activism in the global south. The second section of the module will deal with the effects of colonialism on countries which are former colonial powers, and will allow students to interpret processes such as migration and multiculturalism.

          Learning Outcomes

          By the end of this module, students will understand the historical origins of global interdependence and inequality;




          ​An understanding of how postcolonial theory has challenged ''Western'' schools of thought (such as ''development'', or the idea of ''Orientalism'')


          ​An understanding of the ''real-world'' consequences of imperialism and colonialism in the present (for example, the effects of ''multiculturalism'' in different countries).

          Students will understand the interlinked relationships between peoples (e.g. ethnicities, cultures) and places (e.g. nations, regions);

          ​By the end of the module, students will have the ability to apply postcolonial theories to contemporary case studies

          Through the module assessment, students will develop skills in the analysis of cultural products (e.g. film, television, museum exhibits)

        • Social and Spatial Inequalities (ENVS557)
          LevelM
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          ·       Gain anunderstanding of several core areas of social and spatial inequalities and howthese inter-relate, and to engage with academic debates about these issues

          ·       Explore evidencefor, and interpretations of, social and spatial inequalities (eg labour market,ethnic, spatial aspects of poverty)

          ·       Gain anunderstanding of the geographies of social inequalities, including whyinequalities are not equal between places, and what the implications of thisunevenness are for individuals and communities

          ·       ​Consider howand why social inequalities have persisted and/or changed over time, withreference to allied theories and empirical evidence

          ·       Gain acritical understanding of the meaning and measurement of inequalities, povertyand deprivation

          ·       Identify andreview the types of data sources that can be used to explore social and spatialinequalities​

          ·       Explore thewider UK context for the development of social and spatial inequalities,including economic restructuring and welfare reform​

          ·       Considerrepresentations of inequalities in the media, policy and political debate

          ·       Consider anumber of policy developments/responses to problems of social and spatialinequalities, and to highlight their impact​

          Learning Outcomes

          ​Develop anunderstanding of social and spatial inequalities, how these inter-relate, andhow the terms have been (mis-)used in academic, political, policy and public discourses​

          Develop anunderstanding of how and why social and spatial inequalities might havepersisted over time, and review the empirical evidence for this

           ​

          Understand how and why social inequalities havespecific geographies and can be concentrated in particular areas orneighbourhoods​​

          Understand the difficulties in defining andmeasuring social and spatial inequalities, and how such definitions may relateto broader theories, perspectives or frameworks of relevance​

          ​Gain insightinto a range of government responses that have been developed to combat socialinequalities and related issues in the UK, at the regional and sub-regionallevel ​​

        • Geographic Information Science (ENVS609)
          LevelM
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          ​Understand how digital representations of the real world can be created within a GIS including the referencing of geographic features

          To gain familiarity with the unique properties of geographic data including spatial autocorrelation and modifiable areal units

          Appreciate that there are uncertainties in the creation of geographic representations

          Develop skills in the basic use of GIS to create digital representations and underatnd their constraints within a framework of GIScience​

          Learning Outcomes

          ​Gain a sound understanding of the function, concepts  and features of a Geographic Information System

          ​Understand those constraints and considerations that are required when implementing a GIS to build geographic representations

          ​Develop practical skills in the application of a GIS to those data types often associated with a student''s disciplinary area

        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.