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Planning Theory and History (ABPL90134)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90134
Semester 1
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Current practices of urban and regional planning have emerged as a human response to the range of circumstances surrounding settlements over time. This subject provides students with a grounding in the main theories of planning over the last two centuries as a means of understanding present-day planning practices and debates in an historical context. Accordingly, students will develop understandings of the contexts in which planning emerged as a response to concerns with a range of circumstances over time. These include: public health, technological change, environmental degradation, economic development, social justice, and conceptions of order and aesthetics. An integrated programme of lectures, readings and tutorials provide students with the materials to answer a series of related questions that chart the development over time of planning. The evolving responses to the enduring questions of planning, such as: ‘what is planning; why plan; how to plan; and what or for whom do we plan?’ are charted over time. The Australia response, in an international context, is emphasised to provide a critical lens upon current Australian planning, providing a basis for subsequent subjects in the Masters of Urban Planning Program.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, students should have:

  • Understanding of major themes in past and present urban planning, and major theories influencing urban planning internationally and in Australia;
  • Ability to critically analyse ideas about planning in the light of current practice;
  • Ability to discuss, present and write coherently about the debates and themes of planning.

Generic skills

  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts;
  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Development of logical arguments;
  • Critical evaluation of policies and practices.

Last updated: 9 July 2019