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This subject focuses on the analysis of how government strategies and political decisions (and in some cases lack thereof) affect or adapt to the construction characteristics of the built environment as well as the industrial processes underlying its production. By researching official policy documents and examining historical and contemporary case studies in Australia and worldwide, the subject seeks to familiarise students to instruments of policy analysis, evaluation and design.
Intended learning outcomes
- To facilitate students’ understanding of the construction industry in its various dimensions, and the macro-scale logics that move it;
- To articulate the relationship between building industry output, socio-political environment and policy actions;
- To connect urban environments to their development and construction processes;
- To enable students to comprehend urban and industrial transformations over time, and read possible future construction market evolutions.
- Ability to analyse policy documents;
- Ability to undertake ideal-type analysis;
- Understanding of the type of socio-technical data required in industrial studies;
- Ability to associate theoretical positions to policy actions;
- Ability to prepare and conduct technical interviews with industry and government representatives;
- Ability to read data from primary and secondary sources in a critical way.
Last updated: 2 December 2019