Global Planning & Resilience Practice - ARCH8520

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Samer Bagaeen checkmark-circle


This module is intended to contribute to the student's understanding of how the core values of urban planning and resilience apply in different cities and in different global contexts. Students will explore through projects, readings and a European field visit how the global interest in resilience extends beyond cities to include ecology, international development, health, urban forestry, food security, community planning, and global humanitarian crises. This will allow students to understand the origins of resilience and its emergence as an urban concept allowing urban practitioners to manage a rapidly changing and uncertain urban context. Through a multiple case study approach, this module explores how resilience has become part of cities’ formal planning practice in multiple cities around the world.


Contact hours

Total contact time: 36 hours
Total private study: 264 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Report (40%) (2,000 words)
Essay (60%) (3,000 words)
Both of the above assessed components must be passed (requirement of accreditation by the RTPI)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bagaeen, S. and Clark, C. (eds.) (2016) Sustainable regeneration of former military sites, New York: Routledge
Douglas Scarrett, Sylvia Osborn (2014) Property Valuation: The Five Methods, 3rd Edition. London: Routledge
Hall, P. and Tewdwr-Jones, M. (2010) (5th Edition) Urban and regional planning. London: Routledge
Newman, P. (2004) Planning world cities: globalization and urban politics
Ratcliffe, J., Michael Stubbs, Miles Keeping (2009) Urban Planning and Real Estate Development (3rd edition). London: Routledge
Walker, B. and Salt, D. (2012) Resilience thinking: sustaining ecosystems and people in a changing world. Washington, DC: Island Press.
Watkiss, P. and Hunt, A. (2016) 'Assessing climate-resilient development options', in S. Fankhauser and T.K. McDermott (eds), The economics of climate-resilient development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Zebrowski, C. (2008) 'Governing the network society: a biopolitical critique of resilience', Political Perspectives 3(1): 1–41

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Engage in theoretical, practical and ethical debate at the forefront of global planning and resilience in the context of spatial planning demonstrating relationships to other
specialist areas of expertise such as transport, waste management, green infrastructure, etc.;
2 Explain and demonstrate systematically how urban planning and resilience operates within the global international context of institutional and legal frameworks;
3 Acknowledge that urban governance decisions have differing influences and impacts on different people, and identify, explain and critically evaluate how these decisions
affect individual neighbourhoods and communities;
4 Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the practical application of development and resilience finance for estimating costs and benefits of investment decisions;
5 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the added value and efficient resource management for building resilience for both particular interests including city
leadership, funders and the wider community;
6 Demonstrate effective research, analytical and appraisal skills, and the ability to reach appropriate, evidence-based decisions when evaluating the distinctive contribution
of spatial planning and urban resilience to the making of place and the mediation of space.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Plan and effectively manage the use of time, including the management of learning using a range of resources.
2 Demonstrate independent learning required for continuing professional study
3 Demonstrate interpersonal skills of negotiation, compromise, leadership, delegation and
acceptance of responsibility within a team framework


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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