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TRAN1011 Challenges in Transport and Mobility

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Kate Pangbourne

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

TRAN1030Intro to Surface & Air Transp

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Everybody needs to use the transport system as part of their daily lives and so we all have opinions about it based on our own personal experiences. But it is a much greater challenge to be able to see ‘the big picture’, as this requires a deeper understanding of: how current transport systems have evolved; what impacts they have on society, the economy and people’s lives; and what factors may help or hinder how we are able to travel in the future. This module will introduce you to a range of approaches (lectures, reading, tutorials and place-based case studies) to explore how travel and mobility contribute to quality of life. It also considers how transport activity causes a range of problems for the wellbeing of society and the environment that have moved it up the political and media agenda in recent decades. No previous study of transport is required for taking the module. You simply need a broad interest in understanding the issues of transport, mobility, accessibility and how they affect society and the environment. The module is appropriate to a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. It is particularly relevant for those studying geography, and for degree programmes related to civil engineering, business, social science and the environment.


To help students understand:
- the role of transport and mobility in modern societies;
- trends in travel and key issues affecting transport in different local, national and global contexts; and
- how these issues relate to key topical debates in society.

Learning outcomes
Awareness of and initial engagement with the transport literatures (including academic and policy literatures, practice case studies and news media).

Students will learn about the full range of dilemmas facing the transport sector. By the end of the module they will be able to appreciate the complex nature of transport and mobility and apply their own ideas and experiences to understanding and engaging with topical debates.


1. Key challenges in transport and mobility
2. The role of transport in shaping the city
3. Accessibility, proximity of place and unequal mobilities
4. Understanding travel behaviours and mobility cultures
5. Understanding safety and risk
6. Energy, environment and climate change
7. Healthy cities and healthy lifestyles
8. Understanding more about transport through data
9. Future innovations in transport and mobility
10. Visioning sustainable transport

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

General background reading
Preparing for seminars
Preparing courseworks – essay and coursework report based on fieldwork
Preparing for presentation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through weekly tutorial sessions including student presentations and discussion groups plus a mandatory 1000 word fieldwork report and a 1000 word assessed essay at the end of the semester.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,000 words50.00
Report1,000 words50.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:39:41


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