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School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy BA in Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (DN514) STAGE 1 PROGRAMME 20112012
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy
BA in Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (DN514) STAGE 1 PROGRAMME 2011-2012 The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy provides students with three alternative routes through the BA Programme: Geography as a major subject (60 credits at stage 2) Geography as a joint major subject (50 credits at stage 2) Geography as a minor subject (40 credits at stage 2) Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (120 credits at stage 2) This pathway to the BA degree (Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy) is not available in any other university in the Republic of Ireland. It is also unique in providing students with both an academic and professional qualification, as the degree has received partial Planning accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute and thus provides a route to becoming a professional planner. For those of you who are thinking about this career option, you will need to undertake a one-year specialist Masters at the end of the degree programme. At Stage 1 students must take all 40 credits, 20 from Geography and 20 from Planning to proceed to Stage 2 on this particular programme. Given that the world in which we live is produced by the complex interaction of a range of factors, the merging of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy as a study option is both highly attractive and pragmatic. As our societies and economies become more complex, we place huge demands on our physical environment, but there is simultaneously a gradual realisation that we need to manage and become more responsible ‘stewards’ of our planet. The Stage 1 programme in Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy (GPEP) sets the scene for what is developed at Stage 2. It is interesting and challenging, focusing on both human and physical environments. It is also wide-ranging given that the programme mixes large group lectures and on-line classes with smaller tutorials and practical classes. We do not assume that any student entering the programme has studied geography at second level, nor do we expect any of you to have any previous grounding in planning. Energy, enthusiasm and a desire to learn more about the places in which we live, work and play are much more important attributes. Given recent concerns globally, regionally and nationally about important issues such as climate change, development in Africa, multiculturalism, urban change and other environmental issues, Stage 1 GPEP provides you with an excellent introduction to a range of contemporary and historical issues.
PROGRAMME Students continue with Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy modules at stage 2, though there are opportunities to take elective modules from elsewhere in line with the University’s modularisation policy. Stage 1 Students take modules to a total of 40 credits in Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy and 20 other credits from the modules available to Arts students. Stage 2 Students must accumulate a total of 120 credits to complete Stage 2. 100 Credits are taken from Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy and 20 additional credits are taken either from within the School or elsewhere.
Semester 2 Teaching Term Fieldwork / Study Period Teaching Term Revision
Monday 16 Jan – Friday 2 Mar Monday 5 Mar – Sunday 18 Mar2 Monday 19 Mar – Friday 20 April3 Tuesday 23 April – Sunday 29 April
7 Weeks 2 Weeks 5 Weeks 1 week
Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 12 May4
11 Working Days
October Bank Holiday: Monday, 31 October 2011 St Patrick’s Day: Saturday, 17 March 2012 3 Good Friday, 6 April 2012; Easter Sunday, 8 April 2012; Easter Monday, Monday 9 April 2012 4 May Bank Holiday: Monday, 7 May 2012 2
LECTURES Each lecture begins on the hour and lasts for 50 minutes. Students arriving late and leaving early cause significant disruption both to students and the lecturer. We therefore ask you to ensure that you are punctual. Attendance at lectures is compulsory and the penalties for failing to attend are severe. Lectures form the framework for all of your learning and you are expected to build, through your own readings, on the topics covered in lectures. Both Geography and PEP are visual subjects and the visual images that underpin lectures are just as important to understanding as the printed word. Attendance is critical and it is not sufficient to obtain notes from somebody else. All modules are assessed differently. Your module coordinators will give you full details on the assessment strategy for each module. Module descriptors are also available online at: http://www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm TUTORIALS Tutorials are small group classes that meet on a weekly basis under the guidance of a tutor. They are complementary to lecture modules and are essential to ensure understanding of the topics covered in large lectures but also to develop a range of analytical, critical and other practical skills. Tutorials are compulsory and an attendance log will be maintained. Registration to tutorials is through SIS web.
Tutorials will appear on your timetable and you will be expected to complete work as assigned by your tutor. This work may be allocated in advance of the tutorial or as a follow-up. Tutorials are not lectures. It is your opportunity to do the talking, to ask questions, develop and give opinions and learn both generic and subject-specific skills. Students in the past have often made life-long friends from their Stage 1 tutorial and often find that it is their favourite learning environment.
MATERIALS FOR STUDY At the beginning of each module, you will be provided with a detailed module outline by your lecturer. This will provide all the information that you will need for the module and should be your first port of call if you have any questions about it. Your outline will provide you with an overview and will set out the learning objectives. It will provide information on reading and other learning support material (CD-rom, websites, Blackboard facilities etc.) that you will need to access. Some modules will require you to obtain core textbooks; others will indicate a range of readings that you need to obtain. Although we would advise that you familiarise yourself with the University Library in the first few days of term, your geography tutor will also help you find your way around the library during the first tutorial.
WHERE IS GEOGRAPHY PLANNING & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY The School is located in two parts of the campus. The EH corridor on the ground floor of the Newman Building is where you will find a range of facilities including the School office, Geography academic offices, the technicians’ office, postgraduate room, seminar and tutorial rooms, the Map Library, GIS and geomorphology laboratories. The Planning and Environmental Policy building located at Richview off the Clonskeagh Road is where you will find Planning and Environmental Policy academic offices, seminar, studio facilities and Library. Richview is a 15 minute walk from the Newman Building.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING? In the School corridor in the Newman Building, you will find a notice board dedicated to Stage 1 Geography. Any notices relevant to your lectures, tutorials or submission of assignments will be posted here. It is your responsibility to check the notice boards on a regular basis. Please also check regularly the School Website www.ucd.ie/gpep for important updates.
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION OTHER THAN THOSE ANSWERED BY THE NOTICEBOARD? If your question is: An administrative, registration or programme-related query, please direct it to the BA Programme Office, Ground Floor, Newman Building About the School in general, visit the Undergraduate School Office, Room E001. Academic and related to a particular module, direct it to the module co-ordinator listed on your module outline. It is probably easiest to bring a query to your lecturer after the lecture has finished. Check contact details for staff at: http://www.ucd.ie/gpep/staff
IS THERE SOMEONE I CAN SPEAK TO IF I FIND MYSELF UNABLE TO SETTLE? We know that students, especially at Stage 1, can sometimes find the whole experience of settling in University totally overwhelming. If you find yourself in difficult circumstances, there is a lot of help available in UCD. The most important thing is to let us know as soon as possible when a problem arises. Your first point of contact should be the BA GPEP coordinator: Dr Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Planning and Environmental Policy Building, Richview, Phone: 7162753 Email: zorica.nedovic-budic.ie. There is an excellent Student Advisory Service in UCD (Kieran Moloney - Human Sciences, Room G003, Phone: 716 8366 and Aisling O’Grady – Arts, Room D001, Newman Building, Phone 716 8349) and the Students Union have a Welfare Office based in the Students Centre, Phone: 716 3112, Email: [email protected] HOW DO STUDENTS BRING ISSUES IN THEIR CLASS TO THE ATTENTION OF STAFF? The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy operates a Staff-Student Committee. This comprises of representatives of each undergraduate class (three from Stage 1, and two from current Stages 2 and 3), postgraduates and staff members. Students will have an opportunity to elect their class representatives in the first semester.
SCHOOL POLICIES While we are an open and friendly School and will do our utmost to assist any student in difficulty, we do set certain standards that we expect you to meet. The most important policies of which you should be aware are: 1. Submission of assignments: Coursework must be submitted electronically via the safe assign function on BlackBoard, no later than 3pm on the due date. A hard copy must be submitted within 24 hours of the electronic submission. Your lecturer/tutor will tell you where to submit this. Coursework may of course be submitted in advance of the due date. Coursework received at any time within two weeks of the due date will be graded, but a penalty will apply. Please see links below for policy of Late Submissions.
2. Extension of Coursework Submission Deadline: If you know in advance for good reason that you will be unable to complete a piece of continuous assessment, you should complete the form for Late Submission of Assessment, to seek an extension from the School concerned. Forms at available from the BA Programme Office, or at: http://www.ucd.ie/registry/academicsecretariat/pol.htm 3. Extenuating Circumstances: Extenuating circumstances are unforeseen circumstances beyond your control that either prevented you from attending an examination, or submitting all or any part of any continuous assessments by the due date. Typically such unforeseen circumstances could include events like an accident, a crime, family bereavement, serious illness or other serious personal or emotional circumstances. In some instances you may have attended an examination or submitted continuous assessment, but your performance may have been affected by your extenuating circumstances. The University has a procedure to consider such extenuating circumstances; please obtain, complete and return an Extenuating Circumstances Form to the BA Programme Office, or obtain from http://www.ucd.ie/acshs/forms_policy.html This must be completed at the time that the assessment is due. 4. Student Email Policy In order to address the need for timely and efficient communication, and to provide a better service to its students, University College Dublin has instituted a policy establishing an official means of communicating with students which will be by e-mail addressed to their UCD Connect email address. Upon registration at UCD, each student is assigned to a UCD Connect email account. The official email address will be maintained in each student's record, from which distribution lists are compiled. Students can arrange to have their UCD Connect account redirected to another address or service provider but students should note that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that this alternate mailbox is viable. It is recommended that students use their UCD Connect mail box.
Any official UCD e-mail sent to students will be addressed to their UCD Connect address. It is student's responsibility to ensure time-critical e-mail is accessed, read and acted upon in a timely fashion
We hope you enjoy Stage 1 in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy.
BA GPEP Students must take all of the following modules. MODULE SCHEDULE: Semester 1 Geography of Cities GEOG 10020 (5 Credits)
This module will introduce you to cities and their geography. It is designed as an introduction and so we will explore the city with a variety of perspectives which will include both historical and contemporary. This has the aim of developing your understanding of how various forces and processes come together to create the living entity that is a city. The focus of the module will largely, but not exclusively, be on the urban systems of Europe and North America. As you develop your knowledge and skills you will find yourself moving from description towards analysis and from a perspective the focuses on the particular to one that understands issues in their comparative context. While there will be formal lectures, an important element of this module will be group work. In these groups you will explore the main topics of the module and by working with real data you will develop your skills. These groups are the focus of assessment of the module. Extensive use is made of electronic resources, especially the UCD Blackboard environment. No special computer skills are needed, just a basic familiarity with computers and a willingness to use them.
Dr Joseph Brady
Earth Systems GEOG 10080 (5 Credits)
PEP 10020 (5 Credits)
This module introduces students to the Earth, to its environmental systems and to the ways in which these systems operate and change both spatially and temporally, producing distinctive physical geographies.
Dr Colman Gallagher
Introduction to Spatial Planning The rise in environmental concerns, awareness of the need for sustainable development and balanced regional growth and, more recently, the role of the property market in the recession have all served to keep Spatial Planning in a central position with regard to policy making at both national and international levels. This module introduces the basic concepts of regional and urban planning theory and practice and is divided into three components. The first explores the origins of and the context for Spatial Planning. The second considers Spatial Planning as public policy, examining the institutional and political framework within which it takes place. The final component introduces key topics and includes lectures on transportation, housing, rural planning and countryside issues.
Dr Berna Grist
Graphic Communication 1 LARC 10030 (5 credits)
This course involves a series of lectures supported by drawing and design exercises. Many of the exercises are carried out in class. The lectures and exercises are designed to teach the student basic graphic skills required for architectural communication: 2D & 3D architectural conventions, by hand in pencil, ink, and basic colour rendering as well as an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and the importance of good quality printing of graphics. A detailed breakdown of hand-in dates, marking and weighting is distributed at the start of the module. Students will be required to purchase equipment and good quality printing for some of the assignments.
Contemporary Human Geography is the study of the dynamic relations between people and places. In this module, our aim is to gain an understanding of such complex processes as globalization and development, and the regional disparities in prosperity and inequality that result from these. The discussion will evolve around the three main themes of economic, political, and social actions, all of which significantly shape the spatial organization of human activities. The module will present a general overview of the discipline, provide the opportunity to develop independent critical thinking skills, and offer insight into practical skills and tools that can be applied to a wide range of research settings. Overall, Contemporary Human Geography supplies the foundation for further, more topic specific, modules that focus on the spatial analysis of political and socio-economic phenomena at later stages.
Dr Dieter Kogler
Environmental Change and Policy
(5 Credits The aim of this module is to introduce students to processes of environmental change and to explore how policy-makers have responded to these challenges. The module has three primary components: firstly, the module will examine key environmental challenges facing society at a range of spatial scales. This will introduce you to issues from global environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss to more local concerns such as environmental quality, land use change and various forms of pollution. The second part of the module will consider the relationship between environment and society. This will include an exploration of the changing ways society has viewed or valued the environment and will also chart the emergence of environmentalism as a political force. The final part of this module will outline the policy response to environmental
Dr Eoin O’ Neill
change. This part of the module will introduce students to the broad concept of sustainable development and will also provide an overview of various forms of policy instruments to address environmental challenges.
History of Planning PEP 10030 (5 Credits)
This module traces the history of key planning ideas from the nineteenth century. It investigates the emergence of planning as a response to poor conditions experienced in urban areas during the industrial revolution, and in particular poor housing conditions. Improvement in housing and environmental conditions were key early aims of the planning movement and the legacy of this is still present in many planning concepts. The emergence of planning was initially the result of efforts by private industrialists and philanthropists and the module examines their contribution to planning. However, government and state responses soon came to dominate. The module analyses the role of key individuals like Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier in the development of city and regional planning. It explores key ideas such as the Garden City movement, the City Beautiful idea, neighbourhood planning, the development of new towns, ideas which still influence the way we think about city planning. The module examines the emergence of planning in Europe, focusing on the UK and Ireland in particular. The development of planning is the USA is also examined. The enactment of key planning legislation and systems in the twentieth century is explored. In addition to the lectures and assessments, it will be nexcessary to undertake substantial reading of the academic literature in order to provide a foundation for understanding contemporary ideas and systems of planning.
Dr Declan Redmond
Form and space: Town and Countryside PEP 10040 (5 Credits)
The operational structure of settlements, together with the spatial relationship between settlements and their hinterland, has become a major preoccupation of modern physical planning. This module introduces urban design, physical planning and placemaking, in the development of towns and their related physical environments, drawing on a range of Irish and international examples. A particular emphasis is placed on current processes of morphological change in the relationship between individual land use, building form and traditional structures of urban layout.
Mr Derry O’Connell
IMPORTANT: The information provided in this guide is believed to be correct. However, in the event that the information in this guide conflicts with any university policy, that policy has precedence