London, United Kingdom

London's Urban Development: Politics, Policy and Design

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

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 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.