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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN2061 Transport and Society

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Bryan Matthews

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces

TRAN 2060

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The Transport and Society module offers the opportunity to critically examine the role of transport and travel in modern society and everyday lives. The module will be delivered through lectures and seminars addressing a number of key questions: - Why do communication technologies such as the internet and mobile phones, have an impact on the practices and experiences of travelling? - What is the relationship of crime and transport: 'clocking'; 'twoking'; smuggling and traffiking? - What is the character and significance of transport protests such as the `fuel tax protests', the historic Montgomery busboycott that marked the start of the civil rights movement in USA, and critical mass; - How does travel and transport provision reproduce and change patterns, structures, and experiences of inequalities, exclusions and capital(s)?- How do social networks and travel interrelate? - What is the relationship between leisure travel, globalisation, concerns about climate change and the right to travel; and- What are the pleasures of travelling? This 20 credit module will run over two semesters at Level 2 and will be assessed by two pieces of coursework (1,500 and 3,000 words) and two presentations.For further information please contact Frances Hodgson


On completion of the module students should have:
- an understanding of theories of inequalities, exclusion, 'social capital', social networks in relation to transport;
- an understanding of the cultural significance of travel by different modes;
- an introduction to theories of the consumption of 'leisure';
- an exploration of the significance and character of travel, crime, and protests;
- an exploration of the changing character of travel and the influence of social communicative practices.

Learning outcomes
The module aims to develop our understanding about transport and travel through the opportunity to explore the social significance, character and multiple meanings of transport and travel in everyday lives.

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of the module the student will have been given the opportunity to develop and practice a range of skills associated with critical analysis, evaluation and presentation.

The students will have been invited to develop and practice skills in communication including both verbal, written and in poster form, develop presentation skills for written, oral and posters, develop skills in the comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and assessment of evidence.


The module will examine travel and transport from a social perspective through a series of lectures and seminars addressing a number of major themes, such as:
- the interaction of communication technology, virtuality and practices and travel;
- the nature of crime and transport 'clocking', 'twoking' and smuggling;
- the character and significance of transport protests;
- theories of inequality, exclusion and capital(s);
- social networks and travel;
- leisure travel, tourism, globalisation, climate change and the right to travel;
- and travelling pleasures: car culture.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

160 hours
Students will be expected to spend their private study time on a number of tasks including:
- background reading for seminars and lectures;
- reading and material preparation for assessed written coursework and for assessed verbal and poster presentations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student's progress is monitored through their attendance at lectures and seminars, their contribution in seminars, the individual tutorials and their assessed work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words25.00
Essay3,000 words50.00
PresentationVerbal presentation15.00
Poster PresentationPoster10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/09/2016


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