Urban Planning as an academic discipline is the study of how cities grow and change, and of the application of policy tools that can guide that towards a viable, resilient and healthy future. Students majoring in Urban Planning learn about the historical evolution of cities and of the discipline in a global perspective; the responsibilities of the profession, and how cities are planned and governed. They learn to critically consider a plurality of perspectives in envisioning future cities. Urban Planning students also learn essential skills such as plan making, policy analysis, and technical writing in both urban and regional contexts.
Learning in the Urban Planning course is broad and interdisciplinary. Students develop the above skills and knowledge through a variety of pedagogical formats, including lectures, tutorials, , fieldworks, and problem-based studios. The city is the laboratory, and students will engage with fellow students from around the world.
Careers and Further Study: Professional urban planners conceive and implement policy in a variety of areas, including land use, urban form, social infrastructure, transport, economic development, and public open space. The undergraduate major in Urban Planning is a pre-professional course designed to provide the basic skills and theoretical knowledge to undertake an accredited professional program like the Master of Urban Planning or Master of Urban Design. For more information on the Masters programs, please visit the Melbourne School of Design web site: msd.unimelb.edu.au
Intended learning outcomes
Graduates majoring in Urban Planning will be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to bring a broad understanding of design and problem-solving to bear on the discipline of Urban Planning
- Broad knowledge of the history, theory, leading concepts and principles of urban planning and urban design
- Understanding of the practices of quantitative and qualitative research in planning, and an ability to apply them
- Broad knowledge of the science of climate change and the roles of planners in addressing it to support sustainable development
- An ability to identify the main trends and factors shaping the spatial economics and development of local, national, regional and global communities
- An ability to identify and resolve the causes of conflict in negotiation
- Abilities in leadership and team work
- Capacity to identify ethical behaviours in professional practice
- High-level written and oral communication skills
- Commitment to urban planning as a foundation for equity and social justice.