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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5171M Analysing Transport and Society

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Frances Hodgson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module equips Masters Degree students with the skills and knowledge necessary to apply social analysis in practice and policy in the transport sector in both professional environments and higher academic studies. This module will provide understanding of the basis of qualitative and qantitative methods, and practical understanding of a range of research methods and evaluative techniques using lectures and practical ‘hands-on’ workshops designed to engage and stimulate learning.


This module aims to provide students with critical appreciation of methodological approaches and key evaluative skills in social analysis and the opportunity for the practical application of specific techniques.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Develop an understanding of epistemological issues underlying different methodological approaches and techniques in transport studies;
2. Develop and implement analytical skills for the analysis and evaluation of the social impact of transport policy;
3. Apply techniques for evaluation of transport measures.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

4. Work Ready skills: Problem solving & analytical skills; creativity; critical thinking and time management.
5. Academic skills: Critical thinking; academic writing;
6. Technical skills:
6.1 design methodological approaches for the evaluation of transport sectors policies;
6.2 identify the in/correct use of techniques and assess the quality of evaluative techniques in different contexts;
6.3 apply Equality impact assessment and other research techniques such as focus groups or questionnaires for evaluation of transport policy.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored informally through participation in workshops and seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 17/04/2024


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