MPlan Planning

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
International Fieldwork

Course unit fact file
Unit code PLAN40712
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module gives you the opportunity to study planning, development and regeneration in a continental European City.  You first learn about the broader institutional setting within a European context (structural aid, regional development funding etc.) and the country specific context of your fieldtrip location.
The main purpose of the module is a fieldtrip to a specific city – region, including:

  • introduction to the local context of planning and development in the chosen country
  • academic lectures
  • practitioner led talks and presentations
  • site visits and study tours



  • To explore the nature and purpose of planning, development and regeneration via cross-national comparative perspectives to draw out transferable lessons on planning and development policy and practice.
  • To develop the critical skills and logical reasoning to appraise different types of planning and property development procedures.
  • To foster creative and credible thinking over responses to meet the challenges to planning and development under different international contexts.
  • To review the operation of planning and development processes in another country outside the UK.


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Group Presentation and Residential Fieldtrip

Knowledge and understanding

Have an understanding of how different planning and development systems are shaped by unique spatial contexts, judicial-legal frameworks and socio-cultural traditions; Be familiar with the principles, design and practice of planning and development systems in a different country; Appreciate the value of cross-national learning regarding both its potential and limitations while respecting the diversity of culture, values and ideologies of planning and development.

Intellectual skills

Have critical thinking and evaluation skills based on visiting a different city.

Practical skills

Have developed the skills of comparative analysis, logical reasoning, and applied evaluation through the fieldtrip and the assignments

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Working with professionals in practice. Developing group work skills. 

Assessment methods

Oral presentation on particular aspect of upcoming fieldtrip (10-15 minute group presentation): 15%

Individual essay based on a critical reflection of issues related to the fieldtrip (2500 - 3000 words): 85%

Feedback methods

Feedback for oral presentation provided immediately after the presentation, followed up during the fieldtrip.

Written feedback on individual essay provided at the end of unit.

Recommended reading

Dühr, S., Colomb, C. & Nadin, V. (2010) European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation. London: Routledge.
Healy, P. & Upton, R. (2010) Crossing Borders: International exchange and planning practices. London: Routledge.
Newman, P. & Thornley, A. (1996) Urban Planning in Europe. London: Routledge.
Sanyal, Bishwapria, (ed.), (2005) Comparative Planning Cultures, Routledge, London.
There are many relevant papers in the Journal of European Planning Studies available online @ and the Journal of European Real Estate Research available online @

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 40
Lectures 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 98

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andreas Schulze Baing Unit coordinator

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