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Ethnography and Visualisation for Planning Practice
|Master programme in||
By og Plan / Nordic Urban Planning Studies
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Read about the Master Programme and find the Study Regulations at ruc.dk
|REGISTRATION AND STUDY ADMINISTRATIVE|
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|Number of participants||
|Responsible for the activity||
Jonas Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Head of study||
Lasse Martin Koefoed (email@example.com)
IMT Registration & Exams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Based on collaborating with one or more external companies or organisations, this course provides advanced knowledge and competencies in ethnography and visualisation for urban planning research and practice. Students learn how to conduct consultancy work and fieldwork for companies or organisations to understanding existing uses of spaces and to inform planning. They also develop skills in effectively representing, visualising and communicating various kinds of fieldwork through maps, images and illustrations.
|Detailed description of content||
Based on a collaboration with Rødovre Municipality, this course provides knowledge and competencies in applied ethnography and spatial visualisation for urban planning/design practice. Students learn how to conduct consultancy work and applied ethnography to understand the existing use of places and to inform planning or conduct evaluations. They also develop skills in effectively representing, visualising and communicating various kinds of fieldwork and data through different visual and textual forms.
|Course material and Reading list||
Readings for each session are provided on Moodle before the start of the course. The following texts are relevant to the course more broadly:
Selected key readings: Pink, S. (2007). Doing visual ethnography. London: Sage. Brennan-Horley, C., & Gibson, C. (2009). Where is creativity in the city? Integrating qualitative and GIS methods. Environment and Planning A, 41(11), 2595-2614. Boschmann, E. E., & Cubbon, E. (2014). Sketch maps and qualitative GIS: using cartographies of individual spatial narratives in geographic research. The Professional Geographer, 66(2), 236-248. Stroh, L. K., & Johnson, H. H. (2006). The basic principles of effective consulting. Psychology Press. Ladner, S. (2014). Practical Ethnography: A guide to doing ethnography in the private sector. Left Coast Press.
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
Study intensity Outline
• The proposed study intensity for a student in this activity: 135 hours
• The proposed distribution of hours on teaching and learning activities
Lectures: 30 Fieldwork: 18 Preparation of power-points and oral presentations: 30 Exam: 24 hours (over 72 hours) Reading: 33 hours Alll together: 135 hours.
Teaching and learning activities
The course is organised around writing, visual representations, oral/visual presentations and mapping in applied ethnography and consultancy work, focusing on urban practices and urban design/planning. The course consists of lectures and student exercises in photography, writing, and visualisation at Roskilde University and presentations and fieldwork in Rødovre Municipality. The fieldwork is based on a commercial case brief.
Participants are also asked to present materials during the classes and make one or more presentations to the client.
Sessions are on campus and at a specific site and institution or company.
|Evaluation and feedback||
Evaluation is via an anonymous online survey distributed to all participants. The course will also be discussed with participants in the final session and reviewed at the NUPS Education Committee with input from student representatives.
Dates for sessions and coursework submission to be added.
|Overall learning outcomes||
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
|Form of examination||
Individual written take-home assignment in a topic of own choice.
The character limit of the assignment is: 7,200-11,400 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The duration of the take-home assignment is 3 days and may include weekends and public holidays.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
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|Examination and assessment criteria||
For the take-home assignment, the students choose among questions given by the lecturers. The assignment must contain a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 self-produced visual representations.
• Demonstrate reflexive and advanced use of course methods in a specific applied ethnographic study.
• Proficiency in making and communicating visual representations and writing for applied ethnography.
• Proficiency in making and communicating visual representations and writing for urban designers and planners.
• Competence to organise and carry out a short-term field study based on a specific brief from a company or organisation.
• Writing and visualisation competencies to effectively communicate (including visualisation) specific deliverables to a targeted audience.