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MPRE Master of Planning with Real Estate
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Environment and Development Fieldtrip
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Planning and Environmental Management|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This module will introduce students to urban and regional policy, exploring its evolution and considering the experience of a number of individual cities. The course will consider the ways in which local and national political considerations impact upon changing policy outcomes. It will trace the evolution of urban and regional policy over time, exploring the historical roots of spatial or area-based intervention and identifying contrasts and comparisons with contemporary policy.
Assess the interrelationships between environmental, social and economic processes in the context of a region spanning urban and rural areas.
Consider the ways in which environmental management strategies and planning policies have been formulated to address problems and harness opportunities in a dynamic functional region.
Explore comparisons and contrasts with experience in UK cities and consider whether there are lessons to be drawn in respect of effective policy and governance.
OUTLINE OF CONTENT
Introduction to the module
Introduction to planning, real estate and environmental management issues in Portugal
Research methods in the field I
Research methods in the field II
Pre-trip briefing session
Field visit to Portugal
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the key environmental, social and economic characteristics of Porto and the Douro Valley and their interrelationships within a functional regional space.
- Identify the principal environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities confronting environmental management, planning and real estate policymakers.
- Show knowledge of some of the ways in which policy interventions have been formulated to try to resolve environmental, social and economic problems or capitalise upon unrealised potential.
- Appreciate points of comparison between experience in Porto and the Douro Valley and corresponding areas in the UK and internationally.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Team working
- Oral presentation skills
WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
1. Group presentation
Oral feedback will be provided in the session and substantive written feedback will be provided through Turnitin within 15 working days of submission.
2. Field trip essay
Substantive written feedback will be provided through Turnitin within 15 working days of submission.
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|Iain Deas||Unit coordinator|