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, 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, planning tools and processes, and how we can tell if planning has achieved its goals.
|Unit name||Critical Planning: Theory, Process and Applications|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
|Discipline||Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences|
Prof Jason Byrne
|Available as student elective?||No|
|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|
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|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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Interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and fieldwork (4-hrs weekly over 13 weeks), plus course readings and discussion sessions.
Seminar presentation (20%); Analysis of weekly readings - 4000 words (25%), 3,000 word Synthesis essay (25%), Group fieldwork plan evaluation project (30%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.
Hay, I. (2012) Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences, 4th edn., Oxford, South Melbourne
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