Governance and Performance Management
This module examines the evolving nature and role of partnership working and collaborative governance in contemporary society through an exploration of changing state, market and civil society relations. In the context of community planning, it explores how partnership working and boundary spanning can inform the delivery of service provision and influence performance management. The module intends to enable participants to identify, explain and question models of partnership working and performance indicators for enabling community planning to deliver enhanced public services.
Communities in Focus
The module is rooted in fostering skills of ethical leadership and increasing the knowledge and understanding of students as global citizens. Students will experience working in a collaborative environment and challenged to adhere to the principles and values of a shared learning journey. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for autonomous learning and working with their peers and tutor/s, to develop robust feedback systems that promote setting realistic and achievable future learning goals. The key aspects of ?communities in focus? will examine community development in framing the local environment within a global context. The principles of practice will include the key values of participation, empowerment capacity building and sustainability. These values form the springboard from which students will explore learning paradigms that begin to challenge and shape community transformation.
Inclusive Engagement Methods
This module explores ways of designing and facilitating inclusive engagement approaches, whilst helping students understand how ideas of civic and civil engagement are politically located and socially constructed in institutional and administrative environments. It presents theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding and implementing engagement for different planning enterprises.
Development Appraisal and Regeneration
This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the planning and property development process in context of sustainable urban regeneration, a contemporary and priority agenda in cities. The module provides the students with knowledge of key issues related to mixed use developments and the deliverability of sustainability principles within an urban regeneration context. This module addresses the policy objectives related to sustainable communities and low carbon growth in cities.
Leadership for Managing Change
The module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding leadership and change. Understanding, and appreciating, such issues and considering how best to use new knowledge will be essential for spatial planners in terms of enhancing organisational and city performance in an inclusive way. The module is designed to prepare students to better manage their careers in the context of discontinuous change.
Community Planning and Delivery Outcomes
The module explores community planning as a modern expression of securing integrated institutional and cross-sectoral working, incorporating civil engagement, to design resilient service delivery. The module offers students to rethink public services, discuss the governance context that shapes service delivery and considers ways to monitor outcomes for improving well-being. With particular relevance to Northern Ireland, given the statutory link in legislation between community planning spatial and land use planning, which is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, the modules explores how the interplay between these two processes can be considered as an integrative approach for improving the relationship between people, places and services.
Spatial Planning and Practice
This module considers the concept of spatial planning and how it has evolved across the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. In particular, the module identifies the contemporary debates surrounding the fluid conceptualisations of spatial planning, and articulates how planning nests within planning practice. The module will provide a learning platform to understand the role and interrelationships between stakeholders in structuring and shaping land use policy and how planning practice sits within a particular legal framework.
Research Design and Methodology
This module introduces students to the practice of postgraduate research in the social sciences. This module requires students to consider the key research approaches, methodologies, and designs in the social science research in an effort to undertake an independent, in-depth study that demonstrates effective research, analytical, evaluation and appraisal skills. Students are expected to demonstrate an applied understanding of the theories and practices of undertaking empirical research in relation to an original problem, and examine the ethical issues which must be considered in advance of embarking on primary research. The module provides an essential skills basis for completion of a post-graduate dissertation or research project.
Community Planning Project
This module requires students to undertake an independent, in-depth study in relation to a specific community planning problem or issue and to demonstrate effective research, analytical, evaluation and appraisal skills. Students are expected to demonstrate an applied understanding of the theories and practices of community planning, undertake empirical research in relation to an original problem, and reach appropriate evidence-based decisions or recommendations.