United Kingdom, London

London's Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Design

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1850

This module will explore how London’s urban form is developing in response to the economic, social, and environmental challenges associated with its role as a ‘global city’.

Capitalising on UCL’s position in the heart of London, the module will combine fieldwork alongside seminars, classes, and workshops.

It will introduce students to key frameworks for urban policy and planning decision-making, and will examine the processes shaping the urban development within London. Students will engage with current debates over issues such as airport expansion, super-tall buildings and affordable housing.

Perspectives from social science and urban design will be used to critically examine how cities can respond to the challenge of ensuring a sustainable urban future. The insights, knowledge and skills developed on this module can ultimately be applied to cities around the world.

Course leader

Dr Dan Kilburn is a geography teaching fellow at UCL. His research explores how urban policy, planning and development shapes cities and influences the lives of their inhabitants.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Understand the forces driving urban development on a global scale and be able to evaluate their impact on the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of cities;

Be familiar with key policies relating to urban development and the processes through which planning decisions are made in London;

Be equipped to engage with debates concerning urban development by examining competing perspective and formulating their own recommendations;

Have experience of designing urban research projects, conducting fieldwork, analysing evidence from a range of sources, and producing high-quality reports and outputs;

Be able to apply their knowledge and skills to critically analyse urban development in contexts around the world.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £400.
GBP 1000: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £1000 for one three-week session. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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