Urban Design Theory (Masters)

Subject 702-621 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of lectures and/or seminars per week . Estimated total time commitment: (including non-contact time): Estimated total time commitment: (including non-contact time)
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to a postgraduate course in the Faculty, or permission of the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Professor Kim Dovey
Subject Overview:

Contemporary theories and modes of critique relating to the design of the urban public realm. Emphasis is on how urban physical form responds to the economic, cultural, political, social, aesthetic and natural forces of an urbanised area. Assignments and class papers require students to critically engage with a broad range of theoretical positions, and relate them to local conditions.

Assessment: Written and graphic assignments equivalent to 5000 words. Students must demonstrate a high level of engagement with and/or critical analysis of the subject content to complete the subject at postgraduate level, and will be subject to assessment at postgraduate level.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students develop an understanding of contemporary theories of urban design and the ability to think critically about a range of theoretical positions.

Generic Skills:

  • Urban design analysis
  • Urban design fieldwork
  • Essay writing
  • Verbal presentation
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture(by Coursework)
Master of Landscape Architecture (Coursework)
Master of Planning and Design (Coursework)
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Master of Urban Planning

Download PDF version.