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ENVS 2018 Project X


Teaching and Learning Methods

This course can be taken as an elective in Year 2. It aims at enabling the student, subject to agreement in advance with a supervisor, to pursue a topic (or work in a format) which is not otherwise on offer among core or elective courses of the BSc UPDM/Urban Studies. It provides great flexibility and can take the form, for example, of:

  • an essay (theoretical, historical, practice-oriented, or polemic), on a well defined question
  • a small research report, on a well defined research question
  • a documentary film on a well-defined issue, with accompanying commentary
  • a photographic project on a well-defined issue, with accompanying commentary
  • a design project (drawings and models), with accompanying commentary
  • a website, with accompanying commentary
  • a travel diary/reportage/report
  • a media reportage and/or substantial journalistic piece investigating a topic of current interest.

The topic chosen should be materially different to that explored in the other modules taken as part of the BSc. It cannot be an extended version of a piece of work you have done for another module!

By its nature, the project has no pre-determined content. It should occupy about 100 hours of your time altogether (as it has a 0.5 course unit value).

Aims & Outcomes

The work proposed for a Project X must be carefully formulated and must contribute to the academic coherence of the student's individual course of study. It demands good time-management, and strong independence and autonomy in the organisation of your work. In writing up your proposal you should make it clear what you hope to learn from the experience.


Dr Yasmina Beebeejaun
Year 2 Coordinator
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Indicative Reading

To be discussed with the supervisor.