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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Spatial Vision Project (ARHW11037)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5

The course aims to develop critical understanding of:

Spatial planning agendas
Sectoral and spatial policy frameworks at national, strategic and local levels
Legal and ethical frameworks
Spatial planning agendas
Implementation mechanisms
Development Management issues
Relationships between land and property and planning, including development rights and property rights
Course description Reasons for planning
Development Planning
Urbanisation and Urban development
Development and property rights
Development Management
Environmental Assessment
Globalisation and urban transitions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: ( Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing (ARHW11033) AND Urban Design Theory (ARHW11035) AND Urban Project (ARCH11204) AND Strategic Spatial Vision Project (ARHW11037)) AND USD Dissertation (ARCH11201)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  33
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Fieldwork Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 112 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) An essay of not more than 4,500 words discussing the necessary criteria for an effective spatial planning system, using examples to illustrate these.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critical knowledge of the principles of planning policy and its implementation and management, including the role of values in formulating, interpreting, implementing and challenging planning decisions, and interpreting and applying the legal and policy frameworks.
  2. Understanding of how planning policy is developed, implemented and reviewed, from the strategic to the local spatial scale and the importance of time in the planning and development process.
  3. Appreciation of the various planning challenges facing rapidly urbanising countries
  4. Understanding of the role of the professional planner in relation to other built environment professions and stakeholders; ethical frameworks in planning practice, including codes of professional conduct; and rights, equal opportunities and diversity in planning practice.
  5. Ability to synthesise and balance competing perspectives in decision making, and to develop and apply skills of dispute resolution and consensus building.
Reading List
Cullingworth, B, Nadin, V, Hart, T, Davoudi, S, Pendlebury, J, Vigar, G, Webb, D, & Townshend, T 2014, Town And Country Planning In The UK. [Ebook], n.p.: Hoboken, N.J. : Taylor and Francis, 2014
Recently updated and comprehensive coverage of the statutory planning system in the UK.
Gilg A (2005) Planning in Britain: understanding and evaluating the post-war system, Sage, London.
Comprehensive analysis and evaluation of UK planning system since 1947.
Hall P and Tewdwr-Jones (2010) Urban and Regional Planning 5th Edition Routledge
Good section on EU and selected international examples
Rydin (2011) The Purpose Of Planning: Creating Sustainable Towns And Cities, n.p.: Polity P., 2011.
Good introductory text to the planning system, focusing on policy and practice.
Tewdwr-Jones M (2002) The Planning Polity: planning, government and the policy process, Routledge, London.
Explores relationship between the statutory planning system, the broader political context for planning in the UK, and ideological perspectives.
Ward, S. (2004) Planning and Urban Change, Sage, London
History of the development of planning thought and practice, particularly good if read in conjunction with Gilg (2005).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Soledad Garcia Ferrari
Tel: (0131 6)50 5689
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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