CPT877 - Transport and the City

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT877
External Subject CodeK460
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Dimitris Potoglou
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

This module introduces to students transport systems in selected cities around the world. It addresses the co- evolution of land use and transport planning; assesses the health of travel mode share; and relates this to the overall performance of the city. This will involve investigation into the schemes and policies implemented in these cities for promoting sustainable transport including walking, cycling and public transport. Drawing from experiences in a range of cities the module attempts to identify the ingredients of a well-balanced travel mode share and evaluates the transferability of successful policies and schemes in some of the world’s celebrated cities.      

On completion of the module a student should be able to

 By the end of the module students should be able to:

1.    appreciate the differences in social, economic, political, cultural and planning contexts that often shape transport scene and performance;

2.    appreciate the ingredients of successful transport systems in cities famed for their sustainable transport systems;

3.    understand the scope for and limitations of policy transfer between different cities;

4.    understand the institutional and political barriers involved in different cities;

5.    critically appraise and report on the transport systems in different national contexts. 

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered by lectures, seminars, and field study visits. 

Skills that will be practised and developed

How the module will be assessed

Individual Briefing (25%)

Individual Report (75%)

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.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Qualifying Mark Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 75 N/A
Individual Report
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 25 N/A
Individual Briefing
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Essential Reading and Resource List

World Cities Best Practices: Innovations in Transportation, October 2008, New York City Planning Department http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/transportation/world_cities_full.pdf.

World Cities Research: final report on world cities, March 2005, CfIT
The London Plan: Spatial Development Strategy for Greater London (consultation draft replacement plan), October 2009, GLA, London
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy, May 2010, GLA, London
Transport in Paris: a delegation’s visit to Paris, July 2003, London Assembly Transport Committee, London           http://legacy.london.gov.uk/assembly/reports/transport/paris_report.pdf
Cervero, R (1998) The transit metropolis: a global inquiry. Island Press: Washington DC.
Dolowitz, D (2000) Policy Transfer and British Social Policy – Learning from the USA? Open University Press: Buckingham and Philadelphia.
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