Planning Theory and Governance

Subject ABPL30023 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1x2 hour lecture per week; 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Must be enrolled in the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design (BUPD), or above.

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: You are not eligible to enrol in this subject if you have already completed the subject below:
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 course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

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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 conccepts 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.

  • Demonstrate profound understanding of Australian and European planning practice as it is connected with urban governance and the changing city.

  • Class papers to a maximum of 3000 words (60%);
  • A research essay of maximum 2000 words (40%).
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

  • Critical evaluation of policies and practices;
  • Analysis of complex issues;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples;
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Notes: The postgraduate version of the subject, ABPL90062 (705-658), will include more advanced tutorial exercises with a separate tutorial class, and more advanced research essay topics.

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