|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Alun Thomas|
The module stands back from the details of planning policies and instruments, and asks questions about how we might understand some of the key ideas used, and assumed, by those engaged in the planning system. These include ideas such as ‘the public interest’, and ‘heritage and conservation’. An organising framework for the module is different ways of understanding what being a professional involves. Particular attention will be given to the idea of the planner as technician, and the contrasting idea of the reflective practitioner. The understanding developed in the module is used to illuminate aspects of everyday planning whose significance might go unnoticed in discussions with a more procedural focus.
The module will be taught through:
reading workshops: there will be up to 8 of these . The focus for each will be a single reading (with supplementary readings occasionally recommended). All attending are expected to have done the recommended reading.
Deep reading of academic texts
Communicating and contributing constructively to group discussions
Writing for academic audiences
The opportunity for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
The module’s scope extends beyond models of planning; but these models can provide starting points for thinking about many topics. So, for example, the technical model of planning (and its rivals) provide different ways of understanding and answering :
Allmendinger, P (2009) Planning Theory 2nd ed London, Palgrave
Jacobs, Jane (1963) ‘The kind of problem a city is’, excerpt from Death and Life of Great American Cities’, in Hillier, J and Healey, P eds
Critical Essays in Planning Theory Vol II .Political Economy, Diversity and Pragmatism Farnham, Ashgate, 137 -157
Schön, D (1991) The Reflective Practitioner p/b edition Aldershot, Ashgate chapter 2
Taylor, N (1998) Urban Planning Theory since 1945 London, Sage
Brooks, Michael P(2002) Planning Theory for Practitioners Chicago, Planners Press
Campbell, S and Fainstein, S eds (2011) Readings in Planning Theory 3rd ed Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell
Friedmann, J (1987) Planning in the Public Domain Princeton, Princeton University Press
Sandercock, L (1998 )Towards Cosmopolis Chichester, John Wiley
Thomas, H and Healey, P eds (1991) Dilemmas of Planning Practice Aldershot, Ashgate