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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Successful completion of Level One BA Community Studies OR Successful completion of Level One BA Community and Youth Work OR Independent students taking this as part of their continuing professional development must demonstrate that they are able to study at the required level, through providing evidence of previous study at HE level, substantial work experience or evidence of written work.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To explore the nature and purpose of neighbourhood regeneration in an historical and contemporary context.
  • develop relevant knowledge and skills appropriate for participating in, managing or facilitating neighbourhood regeneration.


  • the concept of 'neighbourhood'.
  • the development of area based economic and social development schemes in urban areas in the US and UK.
  • the 'rural' dimension.
  • the role of the Rural Development Commission and the designation of rural development areas.
  • the designation of special areas for assistance by central government and the European Union.
  • the role of City and rural Challenge and later Single Regeneration Budget, New Deal for communities, Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal.
  • the changing focus from areas to neighbourhoods.
  • case studies of Neighbourhood Regeneration Projects.
  • issues, problems and skill s in neighbourhood work and management.
  • research on effectiveness and outcomes.
  • consideration of process.
  • partnership and community participation.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • an understanding of the origins and growth of area based regeneration initiatives;
  • an awareness of different approaches and theories and of key concepts;
  • an appreciation of the current social and political context in which neighbourhood regeneration is taking place and the implications for policy and practice;
  • an appreciation of the roles undertaken by regeneration practitioners, the potential for conflict and dilemmas and how these are handled in the field.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • an ability to discuss and assess critically the literature on the theory, practice and policy of neighbourhood regeneration and to relate this to some of the relevant literature in the field of social policy.
Key Skills:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching and learning will take place through seminars, small group discussions, presentations from the tutor and from students and possible field visits to neighbourhood regeneration projects. Students will be expected to read some of the material listed for each session in advance. Some relevant reading material will be provided at the teaching sessions.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Total 200
Tutorials 2 2 Per Semester 1 Hour 2
Lectures 11 1 Per Week 2 Hours 22
Fieldwork 1 1 4 hours 4
Preparation and Reading 172

Summative Assessment

Coursework 100% (2500 words written assignment 1 50%, 2500 words written assignment 2 50%).

Formative Assessment:

One piece of written work of 1000 words to be completed within the first three weeks.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University