Planning Theory & Governance (Masters)

Subject ABPL90062 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject is not offered in 2011.

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
Prerequisites: None specified
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: The following is a non allowed subject:
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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Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

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.

  • learn different ways policies shape the city;
  • how urban governance affects the infrastructure for the city and the delivery of public and private services;
  • discover important lessons in planning for Australian cities and 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 specified.
Recommended Texts:
  • Low, NP, Gleeson, BJ, Green R.and Radovic D, The Green City, Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbs, Sydney: UNSW Press. 2005
  • Low, NP, Planning Politics and The State, London: Unwin Hyman. 1991.
  • 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
Related Course(s): Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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