Contemporary Planning Practice

Subject ABPL40029 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1x 2 hours of lectures per week; 1 x1 hour of tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours.

Must be in final (4th) year of BUPD.

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Mr Nigel Flannigan


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview:

Contemporary Planning Practice explores a current question in urban planning in depth. In 2009, our focus is on metropolitan strategic planning, in particular the Melbourne 2030 metropolitan strategy. The strategy will provide the context for our deliberations this semester, but as we have a class drawn from a range of cities, we should be in an excellent position to compare practice in Melbourne with that in other places. The course covers the practice of metropolitan planning and can thus be distinguished from many similar subjects offered at universities, which concentrate either on theoretical critiques of traditional approaches, or on surveying current issues in metropolitan planning. We will be dealing with questions of this kind, but will do so in a way that seeks to go beyond mere critique and survey, to possible reform of planning practice.

The type of metropolitan planning explored in this course is new. There are no textbooks or manuals that explain how it is carried out and relatively few practical examples of its successful implementation. Planning academics by and large have preferred to 'deconstruct' old approaches to metropolitan planning, rather than to 'construct' new ones. So all of us, including the staff, will be learning as we go.

Objectives: None specified

Seminar paper of 2000 words (20%); group project equivalent to a further 3000 words (50%); and a 2 hour examination (30%).

Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in research, critical analysis and writing, with some experience with group work.

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