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AAR4820 - Methods and Reflections for Studying Urban Informality

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Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 1/5
Approved report 1/5
Approved report 1/5
Approved report 1/5
Approved report 1/5

Course content

This course is focused on research methods and experience based reflection and learning. It introduces practice based research methods and discusses various methodological approaches to researching urban environments. The course also gives the students tools to critically analyse collaborative situations and teamwork and promote responsible learning and practice in complex settings building a critical awareness of urban practice and research ethics. Through regular reflection sessions, students will be able to critically analyze their roles in interdisciplinary and multicultural project groups and make sense of the changes in their perception and behaviour.

Methods for participatory assessment of challenges and resources in informal urban neighborhoods will form the core of the course. In addition, methods for socio economic and spatial study of marginalised communities will be taught. The course will also deal with frameworks for studying vulnerability and livelihood challenges in urban poor communities.

The second major focus in the course will be a reflection on the use of various methods taught in the course in the practical field work conducted in AAR 4525 Urban Informality - project. The course will enable the students to understand the role of reflection in action and research using appropriate theoretical and methodological frameworks.

Learning outcome

Knowledge and skills: The candidate will have knowledge of various methodological approaches to researching urban environments
The candidate will learn participatory methods for need assessment, co design, visual facilitation and problem formulation.

The candidate will be able to critically analyse collaborative situations and teamwork and promote responsible learning and practice in complex settings.

General competency: The candidate will have the ability to critically reflect upon their roles as urban practitioners and members of interdisciplinary and multicultural project groups.

Learning methods and activities

The course comprising group work, reflection sessions, seminars and readings. It incorporates course materials and teaching methods applied in the Experts in Teamwork (EiT) courses, and it can be taken as a replacement of the EiT course.

Further on evaluation

The evaluation will be based on five reflection papers submitted during the field work where the students will reflect on their use of methods in the field as well as their own learning through their experiences in the field. All five reflection papers will have to be delivered and to be of satisfactory quality (grade level D and above) to pass the course.

The students will be required to submit a reflection statement approximately every two-three weeks in the course of the semester. This can be in written or visual form. All five reflections statements are obligatory for the final assessment. Should the students fail the course, they will be required to submit a combined reflection report, equivalent to the five papers.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Urban Ecological Planning (MSA1)

Required previous knowledge

Completed three years basic bachelor courses in a relevant field. The course must be taken together with courses AAR4525 Urban Informality - Project and AAR5210 Theories in Urban Ecological Planning

Course materials

Indicative readings include:
Hamdi, N. (2004) The Bus Stop. In Hamdi, N. Cultivating Community
Small Change: About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities, Chapter 7, pp 73-76.Hamdi, N. (2010) The Placemaker’s Guide to Building Community, London: Earthscan.
Scheyvens, R., Nowak, B, and Scheyven, H. (2003) Ethical Issues. In Scheyvens, R., Nowak, B, and Scheyven, H. (Eds.) Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. Chapter 8, pp 139-166.
Scheyvens, R., Scheyvens, H. and Murray, W. (2003) Working with Marginalized, Vulnerable and Privileged Groups. In Scheyvens, R., Nowak, B, and Scheyven, H. (Eds.) Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. Chapter 9, pp167-193.
Schon, D. A. (1983) From Technical Rationality to Reflection-in- Action. In Schon, D. A. The Reflective Practitioner – How Professionals Think in Action. Chapter 2, pp 3-21.

Schon, D. A. (1983) Design as a Reflective Conversation with the Situation. In Schon, D. A. The Reflective Practitioner – How Professionals Think in Action. Chapter 3, pp 21-76.

Thomas, S. (undated) What is Participatory Learning and Action (PLA): An Introduction
University of Wolverhampton.

UN Habitat (2010) Count me in – Surveying for tenure security and urban land management. Nairobi: UN-Habitat.
Readings from the EiT Compendium and guides

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Facts

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level

Coursework

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Town and Regional Planning
  • Architecture
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Examination

Examination arrangement: Report

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Autumn ORD Approved report 1/5
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Autumn ORD Approved report 1/5
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Autumn ORD Approved report 1/5
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 1/5
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 1/5
Room Building Number of candidates
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