HUM30040 Created Spaces&Imagined Places

Academic Year 2022/2023

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The conception of a city may appear to be overly abstract and beyond human intervention. Hence, Nottingham and Dublin are ideal sites in order to examine the creativity and invention necessary in urban development. They possess the mechanisms for human society, from the Viking period to the modern globally engaged metropolis where change happens. However, our cities are under threat. Economic, political and cultural shifts have meant that our cities are no longer the hives of activity they once held. Indeed, they are also sites of inequality and peril. The advent of the global pandemic in 2020 brought new challenges to urban living as we were confronted with the problem of what makes cities so dynamic: connectivity. To address the challenges we face, this module will explore the historical, literary, social and political character of the urban environments found in Nottingham and Dublin. Taking in a perspective that encompasses hundreds of years, drawing upon the examples of these cities the module is informed by the past, guided by the present and focused on the future of our cities. We will look at cities in all their complexity to understand these sites as ‘living places’ which require engagement and care. If we are to solve the major problems we face in the world today regarding sustainability and equality, we need to rethink our cities. This module will use an interdisciplinary approach to the urban environment and enable students to shape the places they live in.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:
• Awareness of the processes of urban development
• Understanding of how creativity is fostered within urban centres
• Knowledge of the social and political study of cities and communities

Intellectual skills:
• Understanding of interdisciplinary analysis
• Problem solving skills
• Application of mixed methodology

Professional and transferable skills:
• International collaboration
• Engagement with communities and civic teams
• Professional presentation skills

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Field Trip/External Visits


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching is carried out in lectures and in seminar-style participatory classes. It will also include fieldwork throughout Dublin. Archival and primary sources are widely used, and students are also encouraged to make use of digital archive resources in their research and learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2500 word essay Week 6 n/a Graded No


Fieldwork: Fieldwork presented as an exhibition (1000 word max. or equivalent) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Ms Linda Doran Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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