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Transportation, Land Use and Urban Form (ABPL90077)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90077
Semester 1
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This subject was formerly called Transport and Land Use Planning (PG).

This subject examines the linkages between transport systems and the growth and form of urban regions. It introduces the theories linking transport systems to the urban footprint, and reviews some empirical analysis of those theories. The subject also traces the evolution of theories connecting transport and land use as they have evolved over time. The timeline of this subject begins in the 1950s and extends to the present, and is influenced heavily by North American economic thought. Social exclusion and inequality in cities is a major theme of the subject.

This subject also introduces some of the tools used to evaluate and manage land use and transport systems, introduces strategies for integrated transport and land use planning, and examines empirical evaluations of these strategies. Major debates in the topic area are addressed. The subject develops students’ ability to apply and critically analyze the theories, tools, and strategies used in transport and land use planning, and to propose alternatives and innovations to those strategies.

This subject is taught in a seminar format. The format will include two hours of weekly guided discussion during which students are expected to have prepared to discuss several readings. There is also a one-hour lecture in which major skills-based topics are explained. These include accessibility modeling, the four-step transport model, and benefit-cost analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject aims to develop:

  • A working knowledge of the theories linking transport to urban form and land use
  • A toolkit of strategies and analysis techniques used in transport and land use planning
  • An introduction to the major debates in the field of transport and land use analysis

Generic skills

The subject aims to give an overview of an area that is frequently controversial, and encourage participants to read widely and think critically. The intention is to canvass a range of views and approaches.

Last updated: 16 August 2017