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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN2064 Exploring Transport and Society

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Bryan Matthews

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Using a range of case studies, this module aims to illustrate the way in which theoretical concepts relating to inter-actions between transport, travel and society manifest themselves in our every-day lives. By addressing the social factors influencing and influenced by transport and travel, and by exploring in more depth the range of transport and travel cultures at play across society, this Module engages with Creating Sustainable Futures and understanding Power and Conflict.


To illustrate the way in which theoretical concepts relating to inter-actions between transport, travel and society manifest themselves in our every-day lives, this Module uses a range of case studies:
- To explore in more depth the dynamic ways in which transport and travel influence and are influenced by society;
- To explore in more depth the social significance, character and multiple meanings of transport and travel in everyday lives, and the power relations, ethics and contestations bound up with individual and organisational decisions on transport;
- To explore in more depth issues relevant to planning and decision-making linked with contemporary debates.
Such knowledge is essential for graduates working in the Transport field and other policy sectors where transport can be an important factor. For example, what are the transport consequences of migration policy decisions? Or how might cultural perspectives of different modes of transport be a barrier to successful transport policy implementation to increase walking and cycling to improve health?

Learning outcomes
To use case studies to explore in more depth some of the broad range of processes regarding transport’s influence on society and society’s influence on transport, including:
1. Social networks, mobility, communications and technologies;
2. Inequalities, exclusion and human rights in relation to transport;
3. Internationalisation, transport and travel;
4. Tourism and the consumption of 'leisure' in relation to transport;
5. The changing character of transport and travel, and the influence of travel cultures.
To develop and practice a range of skills associated with critical analysis, evaluation, presentation, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and assessment of evidence.
To develop and practice, specifically via the seminars and assessments, skills in written communication.


Case studies will be used to explore the following key topics:
- Social networks, social capital, communications, virtual travel and mobilities;
- Social exclusion and gendered mobilities;
- Social exclusion and mobility amongst disabled people;
- Globalisation and travel;
- Migration and travel;
- Tourism and the consumption of ‘leisure’
- Travel cultures and the culture of travel.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours8.00
Private study hours72.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent online learning:
Contributions to the Module Discussion Forum, and viewing of a number of topical videos linked to the content of specific lectures.

Private study:
50 hours associated with the long essay, plus 25 further hours associated with wider reading and research.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A number of opportunities for formative feedback have been designed in to the Module: Firstly, the weekly seminars will be used to provide ongoing feedback throughout the Module. Secondly, a quiz will be organised for the mid-point of the module, as a guage on breadth and depth of understanding. Finally, students will receive individualised written feedback on their assessed piece of coursework, as well as receving generic feedback in realtion to the coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayLong Essay 3000 words100.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:56:45


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