Urban Design History (Strathclyde) URBAN5068

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course shows how elements such as streets, squares, urban blocks have changed through time and what factors shaped them.


Delivered over 3 consecutive full days in Semester 1.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses






This course is assessed by a 10 minute oral presentation (60% of total course mark) and maximum 2,000 words essay on an urban design history topic (40% of total course mark).

Course Aims

This course aims to examine urban form and principles, concept and practices related to the main urban design strategies and models as they have evolved over time within the UK.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

■ explain the principles, concept and practices related to the main urban design strategies and models;

■ sounding understanding of the relation between urban forms and influencing factors given the complexity of the city and the different disciplines and tasks involved into urban design;

■ identify and evaluated the specific qualities and outcomes of different urban design strategies;

■ explain the diversity of historic urban design approaches and understand the historic conditions that gave rise to different urban design strategies;

■ conduct scientific research on historical urban design developments;

■ interpret urban design developments;

■ generate appropriate and successful design methods in an existing urban context; and

■ coherently articulate an evaluation of an urban design strategy

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Minimum requirement for award of credit for students on MSc City Planning is D3 or above.


University standard regulations apply to students on other qualifications.