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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN3070 Healthy Cities: Transport and Health

10 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Ann Jopson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) 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

This module will provide students with critical perspectives on creating and planning for healthy cities from a transport perspective. Students will consider challenges to cities being healthy places to live and work, and solutions from a liveable cities perspective. Under challenges, students will, for example, consider the role of infrastructure in supporting active travel and problems associated with local air pollution and inequalities, & the role of access to a healthy diet & the impact of food delivery trends, as well as considering safety & wellbeing perspectives. Understanding of decision making processes will also be integral to consideration of solutions, for example citizen participation in relation to environmental justice & sustainability. International comparisons (including developing country perspectives) will be incorporated into the module teaching, as well as consideration of the influence of and planning for key demographic trends, for example an ageing population. The module typically uses a mixture of teaching approaches including traditional face to face teaching as well as online.


The objectives of the module are to:
- understand the key challenges to healthy cities that face city and transport planners,
- understand the importance of tackling these challenges from a public health and equity perspective,
- understand the contribution actions to support healthy transport behaviour can make to creating sustainable transport scenarios that support the environment, economy and social well being,
- provide a critical understanding of the options available for creating a healthy city, including cycling, walking and sustainable motorized transport.
- Provide an awareness of approaches to and the importance of decision making for health.
- Provide awareness of the influence and consequences of dominant social trends.

Learning outcomes
1.- Students will understand the role of transport in healthy cities.
2.- Students will understand the contribution of healthy cities to wider sustainability objectives.
3.- Students will demonstrate critical awareness of a variety of opions available to planners to promote health through appropriate transport choices.
4.- Students will understand the importance of decision making, demographic trends and cultural differences in understanding and promoting healthy cities.

Skills outcomes
Critical understanding of the role transport and transport infrastructure plays in creating health problems in our cities and the contributions it can make to solving those problems.


- Context and definitions ¿ trends in urbanisation, links to health and the role of transport
- Demographic and health trends
- International perspectives
- Inequalities
- Challenges
- Healthy cities, for example Liveable cities & interactions with access to a healthy diet & food delivery trends
- Active travel (cycling and walking)
- Safety & wellbeing
- Decision making

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will begin the course with some directed reading which will form the background to the context and definitions. Additional academic reading will accompany each of the substantive topics which the students will be working through as they develop their knowledge and understanding. This reading will contribute to understanding in lectures, participation in workshops and completion of assessment exercises. Private study will also incorporate report writing which will be supported through the workshops and generic feedback as appropriate.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participation in workshops will enable teaching staff to monitor student progress throughout the module, alongside the planned formal assessment. Progress in learning factual information can also be supported through appropriate online activities.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,500 word report50.00
Report1,500 word report50.00
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: 25/08/2023 16:29:22


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