CPT885 - Governance of the Eco-city Development Process

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT885
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Peter Feindt
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

The purpose of this module is to provide a theoretically informed base from which to analyse the nature and variety of forms of governance that characterise eco and low carbon developments around the world. It does so by examining conceptual approaches to governance – the interactions between public and private sectors and citizens – in the delivery of eco-development policy. The module explores: the role of key actors, contrasts top-down and bottom-up forms of governance for eco-developments, and assesses how key actors shape the nature of development of eco and low carbon cities and how they construct notions of environmentally friendly development.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered by a combination of:

Lectures and seminars are supplemented by Powerpoint presentations (slides are copied and made available) and handouts. Key readings that are used in teaching sessions will be available in Learning Central before the session in which they are to be discussed. During seminars you may be required to lead a discussion and you will always have to contribute to debate/discussion.

Skills that will be practised and developed

 Academic/subject specific skills

 Transferable/employability skills

How the module will be assessed

Essay - 100%

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The module will cover: critical perspectives on governance and urban development, and the nature of governance in different settings (for example, Europe and Asia). This will provide the basis for exploring how citizens, governments and economic actors interact to construct ideas (e.g. through the use of indicators) of eco-city development. The module will then go on to explore how these actors deliver a range of eco-developments, and how bundles of technologies (e.g. for transport) and design can become labeled as ‘eco’ and why the label eco matters in the development process. The module will conclude by assessing how different models of governance can best deliver eco-city development.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Xiangming Chen, Anthony M. Orum, and Krista E. Paulsen (2013) Introduction to cities : how place and space shape human experience , Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell 

Timothy Beatley (ED) (2012) Green cities of Europe : global lessons on green urbanism, Washington, DC : Island Press 

Simon Joss (2012) Eco-City Governance: A Case Study of Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 13 (4), pp331-48

Angus Morrison-Saunders and Richard Howitt  (2013) Sustainability assessment : pluralism, practice and progress , Alan Bond, London ; New York :Routledge, c2013.

ShunsukeManagi and Shinji Kaneko (2009) Chinese economic development and the environment, Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

Tim Marshall (2013) Planning major infrastructure : a critical analysis, London :Routledge

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