This unit provides a theoretical and conceptual foundation for advanced studies in
urban and environmental planning. The unit covers the diverse functions and
purposes of planning. You will have the opportunity to think critically about the
philosophical and historical underpinnings of planning as a discipline, and the
interactions between planning theory, wider social theory and planning practice.
Different approaches to planning and their relative merits are considered, especially
their importance for informing planning practice.
We will examine the roles and responsibilities of planners in different capacities and
contexts, including government, non-government and private sectors. Different
planning methods such as strategic planning, adaptive planning, and community
engagement are evaluated. Australian planning institutions are also reviewed – across
federal, state, regional and local planning scales – and we examine relevant policies,
processes and legislation. You will participate in practical activities to develop your
skills in planning, including data analysis, communication, plan evaluation, site
assessment, risk management and project management. Upon successfully completing
the unit you will understand what planners do, why we plan, how we plan, who is
involved in planning, carious planning tools and processes, and how we can tell if
planning has achieved its goals.
|Unit name||Critical Planning: Theory, Process and Applications|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
|Coordinator||Professor Jason Byrne|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International International||Domestic Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Describe how planning theory, wider social theory and planning practice inform decision making about built and natural environment as an important human activity
- Analyse the diverse roles and responsibilities of planners, when applying strategic planning, statutory planning, adaptive planning, and community engagement methods, tools and techniques.
- Evaluate how historical and contemporary planning approaches are applied within capitalist economies and democratic systems of governance when responding to social environmental and economic objectives.
- Appraise the influence of procedure, policy and process in shaping planning practice when undertaking project management, plan making and plan implementation.
- Formulate potential responses to a contemporary planning issue using key social, environmental and economic data to inform your recommendations
- Convey planning proposals to specialist and non specialist audiences in accordance with academic and professional standards and frameworks
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
|Assessment||Portfolio (30%)|Report (40%)|Seminar (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required unit readings will be available via MyLO. The required textbook – Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences, by Iain Hay, is availble electronically as an e-book from the library.
Recommended readings and resources will be available from MyLO.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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