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Planning Social Research Workshop (PLAN20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2017

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Year of offerNot available in 2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codePLAN20001
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Urban areas are a complex interplay between social systems and the range of physical, economic, ecological and other forces that act upon them. Successful urban planning depends upon the comprehensive understanding of the social dimension of urban places. This subject uses a range of social research techniques to analyse selected issues in urban areas. These key trends and issues are used as a basis to prepare reports suitable for a range of users including the public, other planners and urban managers, to use as sources of evidence.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have completed this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key social issues facing urban places and the main mechanisms available to planners to understand and manage these issues;
  • Understand key urban qualitative assessment methods;
  • Develop and implement a process of qualitative inquiry appropriate mechanisms for urban management;
  • Respond to contemporary urban issues;
  • Identify, gather and use key data sources, following appropriate ethics requirements;
  • Generate appropriate policy or other responses;
  • Develop communications that convey key information convincingly to a wide audience.

Generic skills

Students completing this subject will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • Ability to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations
  • Ability to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision
  • Ability to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions
  • Develop communications that convey important information convincingly to a wide audience.

Last updated: 31 August 2017