Teaching and Learning Methods
The module is taught through lectures, workshops and contributions from visiting practitioners
The aim of the course is to provide the student with an appreciation of the different aspects of planning practice. The course focuses on those aspects of planning practice that are not covered by BENVGPL5 Spatial Planning. It seeks to enable the student to develop a fuller understanding of such practice by drawing on the research literature as well as empirical examples. Particularly emphasis will be put on the links between theoretical concepts generalizing about planning practice and the everyday experience of such practice.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate their knowledge of contemporary planning practice;
- refer to relevant material from the academic literature; and
- draw connections between the academic literature and their experience of planning practice.
The course is made up of nine sessions, which will take the form of a lecture and a seminar, a lecture and a Q&A session with an invited speaker, or a brief talk and a workshop.
Planning as a profession; the reflective practitioner; the role of learning, with MTJ
Public participation; the collective action problem; strategies; the role of social capital, with Simon Bevan, Southwark Council
Workshop on visioning the future
Negotiation and planning gain; negotiation strategies; reform of planning gain regimes; power within the development process, with Dan Taylor, Southwark Council
Conflict and dispute resolution; planning appeals and mediation, with Leonora Rozee, formerly Planning Inspectorate Agency
Workshop on mediation disputes with Yvonne Rydin
Strategy development; the means-end model; the role of partnerships and networks; integrating strategies; insights of collaborative planning, with Debbie McMullen, formerly Greater London Authority
Ethics and the planning profession
Description of assessment(s)
Assessment is based on one Term Paper.
The Term Paper (of approximately 2000 words length) will take the form of a report to local politicians with responsibility for planning on one of the following topics:
- The key challenges in developing a strategic plan.
- The role of mediation within the planning system.
- The promotion of public participation within the planning system.
The report should use examples from planning practice and some references from the broader academic literature.
The format should be in a report not an academic essay. You may like to look at the Templates for Reports available through Google Search or Microsoft Office Word. In general you are encouraged to use: clear language, subheadings, and bullet points. It should conclude with recommendations for best practice. Think about your intended audience – local politicians – and work out what they need to know. Think about formats that make it easier for this audience to take your main points on board.
Criteria for assessment(s)
Apart from the generic criteria applicable to essays OR project work (see Bartlett School of Planning feedback sheet template), the specific criteria for the coursework to be prepared for this module are:
- Evidence that the student has gained a good knowledge of the different facets of planning practice
- Evidence that the student has read a range of the research literature on planning practice
- Evidence of the student’s ability to develop a broader understanding of contemporary planning practice in the light of the frameworks provided by the research literature
- Evidence of thought given over to report writing format.
Deadlines and mode of submission
Submission via Moodle. Deadline last day of Term 2
Feedback (formative and summative)
Guidance and support available to students before the coursework is due (formative feedback).
You are strongly encouraged to discuss with your tutor(s) the preparation of the coursework before submission.
Further advice on the assessment will be given during the module.
- Cullingworth, J.B. and Nadin, V. Town and Country Planning in the UK London, Routledge, 2002.
- Rydin, Y. Urban and Environmental Planning in the UK London, Palgrave, 2002.