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MPRE Planning and Real Estate with Professional Placement / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Environment and Development Fieldtrip

Course unit fact file
Unit code PLAN20172
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Planning and Environmental Management
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The Environment and Development Field Trip course unit involves a residential study tour to a UK city or region, or an international destination. Recent locations have included the Porto and the Douro Valley in Portugal, and Inverness and the Scottish Highlands. The field trip normally spans approximately 5 or 6 days in total. The trip provides an opportunity for the holistic study of a variety of interlinked issues related to planning, real estate and environmental management, and to compare experience in the study area and English cities and regions

Aims

  • 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 complex and varied region. 
  • Explore comparisons and contrasts with experience in UK regions and consider whether there are lessons to be drawn in respect of effective policy and governance.  

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key environmental, social and economic characteristics of the field trip study area.
  • 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 the field trip study area and corresponding areas in the UK and internationally. 

Syllabus

CONTENT

 

WEEK

OUTLINE OF CONTENT

1

Introduction to the module

2

Introduction to planning, real estate and environmental management issues in Portugal

3

 

4

Research methods in the field I

5

 

6

Research methods in the field II

7

Pre-trip briefing session

8

 Field visit to Portugal

9-12

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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.

Intellectual skills

  • 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.

Practical skills

  • 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

Assessment methods

Group field trip presentation (25%)

Individual report (75%)

Feedback methods

As you progress through the module you will receive verbal feedback on request, either at formally timetabled sessions or if you see the course tutor during consultation hours (or at other times).

Recommended reading

Andresen, T., De Aguiar, F. B. & Curado, M. J. (2004) The Alto Douro Wine Region greenway. Landscape and Urban Planning, 68(2-3), 289-303. doi: 10.1016/s0169-2046(03)00156-7

Baptista, I. (2006) Citizen participation, stakeholder involvement and the planning process in Portugal. Architecture D Aujourd Hui, 366, 32-36. Available:

http://www.wteamup.pt/docs/Baptista_lArchitecture_dAujourdhui.pdf (accessed 13th February

2016).

Baptista, I. (2012) How Portugal Became an 'Unplanned Country': A Critique of Scholarship on Portuguese Urban Development and Planning. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36(5), 076-1092. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.2011.01096.x

Dobby, E. H. G. (1936) Economic Geography of the Port Wine Region. Economic Geography, 12(3), 311-323. doi: 10.2307/140461

Honrado, J. P., Vieira, C., Soares, C., Monteiro, M. B., Marcos, B., Pereira, H. M. & Partidario, M. R. (2013) Can we infer about ecosystem services from EIA and SEA practice? A framework for analysis and examples from Portugal. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 40, 14-24. doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2012.42.002

Madureira, H., Andresen, T. & Monteiro, A. (2011) Green structure and planning evolution in Porto. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 10(2), 141-149. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2010.12.004

Oliveira, V. & Pinho, P. (2008) Urban form and planning in Lisbon and Oporto. Planning Perspectives, 23(1), 81 - 105.

Pires, A. D. (2005) The fragile foundations of European spatial planning in Portugal. European Planning Studies, 13(2), 237-252. doi: 10.1080/0965431042000321802

Queiros, M. (2012) Natural Parks in Portugal: A Way to Become More Ecologically Responsible?

Environment and History, 18(4), 585-611. doi: 10.3197/096734012x134668930371897

Ribeiro, L. & Barão, T. (2006) Greenways for recreation and maintenance of landscape quality: five case studies in Portugal. Landscape and Urban Planning, 76(1–4), 79-97. doi:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2004.09.042

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 35
Lectures 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 159

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Iain Deas Unit coordinator
Anna Gilchrist Unit coordinator
Nuno Pinto Unit coordinator

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