Six Teaching Units dealing with urban and regional issues are offered:
Four thematic Teaching Units :
- Teaching Unit 1: Urban and regional issues, planning institutions: a cross-national approach
- Teaching Unit 2: Cities, city-regions and strategic spatial planning
- Teaching Unit 3: Risks, decision making and planning
- Teaching Unit 4: Project, heritage and sustainable development
- Teaching Unit 5: Urban aquatic ecosystems
- Teaching Unit 6: Project sciences and analysis of space: planning process and complexity
- Teaching Unit 7: A methodological seminar, to help each student to design his own piece of research
- Teaching Unit 8: An initiation to the French language and French culture
- Teaching Unit 9: A field trip
- Teaching Unit 10: Research training
Teaching Units 1 to 9 are organized around lectures, but also personal work, which includes reading, writing summaries and essays. Some modules include group work.
Teaching Unit 10 is assessed through the Master thesis.Detailed content :Teaching Unit 1: Urban and regional issues, planning institutions: a cross-national approach (3ECTS)
This module is an introduction to the topics and approaches that are dealt with in the other modules. It mixes lectures on the institutional context of planning in Europe and in France, with presentations by students of planning issues in their own country. The module offers a first approach to the cross-national analysis of planning issues and systems, which is to be consolidated in the other modules.
Keywords: Planning systems, institutions, planning practice, comparative studies, cross-national approach, EuropeTeaching Unit 2: Cities, city-regions and strategic spatial planning (3 ECTS)
This module provides an understanding of the rise of the notion of city-region. It highlights the connections to debates regarding spatial dynamics in Europe, metropolitan governance and competitiveness. The consequences of the city-region for urban planning theory and practice are discussed through a discussion of strategic spatial planning exercises in various European city-regions, especially in England and France.
Keywords: Territorial competitiveness, city-region, strategic spatial planning, governance, sustainable urban developmentTeaching Unit 3: Risks, decision making and planning (3 ECTS)
This module focuses on the goals of risks management, defined as a cross- sectors public policy integrating civil security, environmental or health policies. It also defines a territorial approach of hazard mapping and planning as part of a complex urban network system.
Keywords: Flood risk management, structural and non structural measures, flood risk maps, social vulnerabilityTeaching Unit 4: Project, heritage and sustainable development (3 ECTS)
Heritage approach, territorial growth and sustainable development proceed from different theoretical perspectives and can be oriented by separated practices. The question is: how could they be hybridised within spatial planning and local development projects? The major purpose of this module is to offer a multidimensional and interdisciplinary analysis of the social and cultural environmental questions, at various territorial scales.
Keywords: urban project, heritage, sustainable urban development, energy Teaching Unit 5: Urban Aquatic Ecosystems (4 ECTS)
Most cities have been built near to water sources that today have been channelized, or otherwise strongly modified. Fast growing cities often ignore their waterfronts, resulting in their “marginalization” in ecological and social terms. This module focuses on how open water surfaces can be re-integrated into the planning and management of rural-urban transition zones. Technical examples and socio-ecological challenges are highlighted. This module lasts one week and will be given at the university campus at Chinon (50km off Tours), in co-option with the Guyana Master in Ecology and Sustainability.
Keywords: aquatic habitats, riparian settlers, aquatic ecosystemsTeaching Unit 6: Project sciences and analysis of space: planning process and complexity (3 ECTS)
The growing number of stakeholders has largely contributed to changing the planning process, while the socio-spatial analysis of territories has seen the emergence of “sensitive” approaches. In response, this module offers a theoretical and methodological approach to address planning projects and space analysis through the prism of complexity.
Keywords: Project sciences, sensitive approach, stakeholders, spatial practicesTeaching Unit 7: Research methods (4 ECTS)
This module has three interrelated aims: (1) to improve the research skills of students; (2) to help students to plan their own research; and (3) to develop critical evaluative skills in relation to the research conducted by other scholars. It focuses firstly on how to conceptualise a research issue and how to carry out investigations. Second, it proposes methods for conducting a literature review as well as case-studies. It also prepares students to use quantitative or qualitative methods, according to the specific research questions they wish to investigate.
Keywords: research process, research design, methodology, quantitative and qualitative methodsTeaching Unit 8: Field trip (3 ECTS)
The purpose of the trip is to observe various towns, rural areas and natural landscapes, as well as to meet decision-makers in the planning field. This activity will provide students with experiences outside their everyday activities. Students will be involved in planning the actual trip and post-trip activities (including the organisation of an exhibition). The Loire Valley is to offer many specific site visits of cultural landscapes and of urban projects.
Keywords: non-experimental research, observation, photographyTeaching Unit 9: French language and French culture, job training (4 ECTS)
This module helps students of non-French language of instruction to develop language tools necessary for academic integration, but also social and cultural success. On the one hand, it focuses on French and Francophone cultures. On the other hand, it prepares the professional integration after the Master.Teaching Unit 10: Research training (30 ECTS)
This unit validates the research placement that will be conducted within the research laboratory Cities, Territories, Environment and Societies, and especially the research team “Urban and regional planning projects, landscape and environment”.
A tutor will advise each student and supervise his/her research and seminars will be organised.
Keywords: research methods, research design, methodology