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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: K400
  • 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. 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. The ‘Understanding Places’ module includes a residential field class.

Compulsory modules:

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

Two options normally selected from:

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

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

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

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    The aim of this module is to: 

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the module, students should:   

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


     

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

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

     ​

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

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

    The principal objectives of the module are:

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

      

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

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

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

    To encourage students to manage their own learning.

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



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

    ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

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

    ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

    ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

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

Year One Optional Modules

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

    The module aims:    

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

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

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

    Utilise concepts including race, othering and exclusion​

    Apply social geography theories to real world case studies​

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

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

    ​ 

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

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

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

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

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

    This module is designed with the following aims in mind:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme Year Two

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. Two residential field visits are undertaken in Year 2, one associated with the ‘Rural Planning Field Class’ and a second as part of the ‘People and Place: Research Skills’ module.

Compulsory modules:

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

One option normally selected from:

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

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

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

Year Two Compulsory Modules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

      ​demonstrate a critical perspective on current planning formats;

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

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

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

        Learning Outcomes

        Students completing the course successfully should:

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

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

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

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

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

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

        The specific objectives of the module are to:

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


        Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

        Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

      Year Two Optional Modules

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

         

        The module aims to

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

         

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

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

         

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

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

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

          Critically assess the future global population prospects​

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

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

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

          Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Achievement of these objectives will be assessed by examination.

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

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

          Learning Outcomes

          By the end of this module, students should:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Programme Year Three

          In Year Three, MPlan students are required to select one of the two areas of specialised study Spatial Planning for Environmental Change or Transforming Cities and Regions. They are also required to take the following compulsory modules: 

          • 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

          With two additional optional modules from the specialism. 

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

          • A greater depth of knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of the field of town and regional planning
          • The development of sound practice skills in the methods and techniques relevant to the specialist topic
          • An awareness of the theoretical underpinnings of past and contemporary approaches to planning
          • An understanding of the legal framework within which planning operates
          • An understanding of the land development process and appraisal skills
          • An awareness and appreciation of planning practice in other European countries
          • The development of skills in analysis, synthesis, reasoned argument and communication.

          Year Three Compulsory Modules

          • 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.

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

             

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

            Learning Outcomes

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


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

            ​    

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

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

          • 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.

          • Urban & Regional Regeneration Project (ENVS384)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

            To provide an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the field of urban regeneration, developing their capacity to research and synthesise data from a variety of sources and to formulate policy responses in relation to a specific aspect of urban regeneration

            Learning OutcomesBe able to demonstrate advanced skills in selecting, assembling, manipulating, presenting, analysing and interpreting data related to plans and programmes for urban regeneration. 

            Be able to formulate policy responses in relation to specific aspects of urban regeneration to a professional standard.​

            Be able to critically assess and evaluate aspects of existing plans, policy and practice.​

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

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

            Learning Outcomes

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


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

            3. Demonstarte and apply a critical understanding of the development process.

          Year Three Optional Modules

          • 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 
             

          • 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 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 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

            Successful completion of the module should ensure students:

            are familiar with the necessary analytical and presentation skills required to undertake major projects;

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

            ​can confidently prepare urban design proposals based on sound preparatory studies;

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

          • Urban Design and Regeneration Project (ENVS382)
            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 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 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;

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

            ·          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

                             

            ·         are familiar with the necessary analytical and presentation skills required to undertake major projects;

                             

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

            ​can confidently prepare urban design proposals based on sound preparatory studies

          • Geographies of Resistance (ENVS387)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterFirst Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims

            Humans have constructed visions of a better world throughout history: in fact, social movement scholars argue that the history of humanity is the history of this struggle.  Certain protest technologies have existing throughout time: taking up arms to fight for what you believe in, or to defend a way of life.  Some forms of resistance date back to the nineteenth century: the strike, the march, the petition, sabotage.  More recently, social movements have used networks and social media to create what some argue are new forms of protest.  This course surveys how geographers and others have theorised protest, resistance and other strategies for change though a range of theoretical approaches and case studies.

            Learning Outcomes

            By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

            • Understand the range of protest technologies developed by social movements, and ways that they are conceptionalised;
            • Analyse contemporary social movements using these theoretical tools;
            • Understand the range of protest technologies available to social movements;
            • Analyse the development of a specific social movement using social movement theory;
            • Understand the range of responses open to opponents of social movements that enable them to support or retard their aims;
            • Analyse how protest and mobilisation both from grassroots and elite groups has accelerated and limited the possibilities for progress towards social change;

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

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

            Learning Outcomes

            Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

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


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


            Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

            ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

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


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

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

            3) to experience the consequences of rapid urbanisation

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

            Learning Outcomes


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

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



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

            4. To appreciate a different system of planning
          • Culture, Economy and Cities (SOCI327)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims
          • Introduce key theories and concepts regarding the interaction between cultural and economic forces within the city

          • Explain the current position of culture within political, economic and urban spheres by tracing their shifting historical inter-relation

          • Reveal the links between urban, economic and cultural development​

          • Learning Outcomes

            Understand the changing relationship between economic organisation and cultural activity

            Engage with, and critique, key theories regarding the role of culture in contemporary cities​

            Critically assess a range of theoretical accounts of the cultural economy​

            Gain an awareness of changes in cultural policy up to the present day, and appreciate the socioeconomic backdrop to these policies​

            Understand the fundamentally social nature of cultural production and consumption​

          • 'race', Community and Identity (SOCI346)
            Level3
            Credit level15
            SemesterSecond Semester
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims
          • To explore the impact of colonialism on patterns of migration to Britain in the post war period and the creation of greater ethnic diversity.

             

          • To examine the changing nature of racism as an ideology by exploring and contextualising scientific and institutional forms of racisms and ''newer'' manifestations through Islamophobia. 

          • To examine the conflictual relationship between the state and minority ethnic communities through an examination of specific case studies

          • To unpack constructions of ethnic and national identity in the context of post-colonial Britain

          • Learning Outcomes

            To critically distingusih and evaluate different academic and political perspectives.

            Display an awareness of continuity and historical change in relation to ''race'' and British society

            To have some understanding of the relationship between broader socio-economic and political context and the issues of ''race'' and identify

            Recognise the way Britain''s former imperial position has impacted upon recent pluralities of identity and multicultural development

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

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

              • Advancing their statistical and numerical literacy.

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

                GDS.

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

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

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

                context.

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

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

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

            The module aims 

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

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

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

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

          • 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 ​​

          Programme Year Four

          In Year Four the primary focus is on aspects of current professional planning practice and includes a major client-based planning project, a work placement and the completion of a dissertation. The planning practice placement involves a minimum of 15 working days, under the supervision of a planner in a collaborating planning-related agency. By arrangement, the placement requirement can be met during the summer vacation between Year Three and Year Four.

          In addition, students prepare a dissertation that is normally associated with their area of specialised study.

          Students are required to take five compulsory modules, as follows:

          • Development Management: Planning in Practice (double module)
          • Planning Practice Placement
          • Spatial Planning in Action (double module)
          • Theory Power and Ethics

          There is a residential field study associated with the ‘Spatial Planning in Action’ module.

          The aim of the fourth year of the MPlan is to focus on professionalism and planning practice. Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

          • An awareness and an appreciation of current professional practice in planning
          • The acquisition and development of research, teamwork and other professional skills of relevance to planning practice.
          • An understanding of the ethnical and competence criteria for RTPI accreditation.

          Year Four Compulsory Modules

          • Planning in Practice (ENVS426)
            LevelM
            Credit level30
            SemesterWhole Session
            Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
            Aims
            1. To extend the student’s understanding of the practice, process and administration of the planning system and of the role of planners in it and of the views, needs and requirements of all those who participate in it and emerging trends and developments in planning practice.
            2. To develop the critical skills needed by planners to operate effectively – including the ability to negotiate, communicate and relate legislation and contemporary priorities to plan making, regulation and development within and beyond spatial planning.
            3. To develop a clear understanding of the application of professional values and morals and ethics in planning.
            4. To critically consider the role and sustainability and global context of planning practice.
            5. To equip students with a clear understanding of gaining employment and the world of work and deliver effective and high quality planning services. 
            Learning OutcomesOn completion of the module, students should be able to understand the informal and formal processes involved in dealing with planning applications and preparing development and other plans and strategies and the external influences on the planning system​

            ​On completion of the module, students should be able to discuss critically key issues in contemporary planning practice. Be better informed about the main contemporary and emerging issues at the heart of debates within  planning practice

            ​On completion of the module, students should be equipped to undertake the activities of a professional planner in relation to the wide range of organisations and interests involved in the planning process.​

            ​On completion of the module, students should have improved their ability to secure employment and understand the world of work and the application of professional standards

            ​On completion of the module, students should be able to critically examine and develop strategies for dealing with clients and customers of planning services and be able to engage in informed debate about the future direction that spatial planning practice could take.

          • Theory Power & Ethics (ENVS432)
            LevelM
            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 aim of this module is to provide the context and conception of planning as a professional activity.  It examines the institutional perspective on planning activities in relation to politics and markets and explores different strands of theories on the nature and purposes of planning. There are a number of specific objectives:

            1. To provide a theoretical grounding on the nature and purposes of planning activities and planning practice;

            2. To introduce planning as a political as well as an administrative and technical process;

            3. To identify the range of different stakeholders involved in the planning process and their inter-relationships;

            4. To relate theories about planning to more general social theories of the state, society and professional ethics; and

            5. To provide a conceptual framework for students to formulate their own professional value-systems and viewpoints.
            Learning Outcomes

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




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

            3. understand the reasons why planning practitioners operate in the way they do;​

            ​4. 

            have a rounded understanding of the institutional and political structures within which planning operates; and​

            5. develop the ability to formulate their own professional values and attitudes.​
          • Planning Practice Placement (ENVS448)
            LevelQ7
            Credit level15
            SemesterWhole Session
            Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
            Aims
            Learning Outcomes1. understand the operation of the client agency;


            ​2. appreciate the type of work that may be expected of a newly graduated planner;

            ​3. develop some professional skills for future career development;

            ​4. d​evelop personal capacity in self-management in a real work situation

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

            The purpose of this module is to engage students in a client related spatial plan making exercise, More specifically the project aims to

            1. Provide an opportunity for students to apply planning concepts and techniques in a practical context:           
            2. Enhance the capacity of students to identify, collect and synthesis a variety of relevant information from a variety of sources in relation to a spatial planning task;
            3. Evaluate spatial planning options and develop objectives and strategies which are realistic and implementable;
            4. Develop an awareness of the ethical and professional issues that confront planning consultants working for a client;
            5. Develop collaborative problem solving, project management and written, oral and graphic communication skills;
            Appreciate how similar issues are managed in different ways in other contexts.
            Learning Outcomes

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

            have a working understanding of aspects of the planmaking process

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

            ​be able to demonstrate a levelof competence in written, oral and graphic communication skills

            ​​

          • Mplan Dissertation (ENVS494)
            LevelM
            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

            To identify an appropriate research topic


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

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

            ​To gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic in your subject area​

            ​To form independent and objective views on issues and policies in your specialised subject area, including planning policy and practice implications and recommendation​s

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

          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.