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Postgraduate Course: Design Exploration (20 Credits) (DESI11084)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis elective course asks you to define, collect, select, analyse and justify an area of creative research practice that is innovative and critically aware. You will produce a cohesive and mature body of practice-based research work.
Course description The course will offer direct experience of research, effectively contributing to a research endeavour.

This course aims to:

1 Enable you to propose, justify and undertake a study plan with clearly defined critical aims, objectives and methods.
2 Enable you to develop a sophisticated body of research material and evidence of practical exploration that communicates a progression of ideas and a critical awareness of contemporary practice and theory.
3 Develop and consolidate your critical analysis and reflective appraisal of appropriate research themes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ANALYSE: select and use relevant methods to evaluate appropriate material, precedents and sources with critical understanding.
  2. CHALLENGE: recognise, rationalise and question thematic strands within practice-based research investigations
  3. PLAN: demonstrate a sense of purpose and autonomy in the development of lines of inquiry in both theory and practice
Learning Resources
C. Crouch and J. Pearce, Doing Research in Design (London: Berg, 2012).

Barry Cullingworth and Vincent Nadin, Town and Country Planning in the UK (London: Routledge, 2011).

Lewis Hopkins, ¿How Plans Work¿, in Birch (ed.) The Urban and Regional Planning Reader (London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 199-206.

Nigel Taylor, ¿New Directions in Planning Theory¿, in Birch (ed.) The Urban and Regional Planning Reader (London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 96-105.

Margit Mayer, ¿Contesting the Neoliberalization of Urban Governance¿, in Helga Leitner, Jamie Peck, and Eric S. Sheppard [eds.], Contesting Neoliberalism (New York; London: Guilford Press, 2006).

Lewis Mumford, The City in History, New York; London: A Harvest Book, 1989.

L. Sandercock, Making the Invisible Visible: A multicultural Planning History (University of California Press, California, 1998).

C. Seale (ed.) Social Research Methods: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2004).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
Be able to identify processes and strategies for learning
Be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
Search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts
Be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
KeywordsDesign,research,cities,governance,masters,semester 2
Course organiserDr Tahl Kaminer
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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