Planning Theory & Governance (Masters)

Subject 705-658 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 705-358 (ABPL30023) - Planning Theory and Governance (UG)
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:


Prof Richard Hugh Tomlinson
Subject Overview:

Theories of planning, values, power and urban governance are addressed. Different ways in which policies shape the city are explored. Urban governance encompasses the provision of infrastructure for the city and the delivery of services: the roads, tracks, pipes, wires, electromagnetic towers, forms of communication, and social and commercial services. These concepts are linked to the analysis of case studies of different cities, their forms of governance and approaches to planning. Examples are studied that have important lessons in planning both for Australian cities and for the new developing cities of the Asia Pacific region.

  • Tutorial papers totalling 3000 words (60%)
  • A research essay of 2000 words (40%)

Note that students taking 705-658 will undertake advanced-level tutorial exercises and essay topics.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:
  • Low, NP, Gleeson, BJ, Green R.and Radovic D (2005) The Green City, Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbs, Sydney: UNSW Press.
  • Low, NP (1991) Planning Politics and The State, London: Unwin Hyman
  • Readings in Planning Theory (compiled by N Low)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of the subject students will have developed a deep understanding of Australian and European planning practice as it is connected with urban governance and the changing city.

On completion of the subject students will also have developed skills in:

  • Critical evaluation of policies and practices
  • Analysis of complex issues
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design

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