Courses & Units

Critical Planning: Theory, Process and Applications KGA511




This unit provides you with a foundation for advanced studies in planning. You will gain an understanding of the diverse purposes of planning, along with the various types of plans that are developed to meet these purposes. The historical development and current state of planning theory are examined and located in the context of wider social theory. Various theoretical positions are debated, and their importance for informing planning practice is analysed, including coverage of topics such as rationality and governance. The roles and responsibilities of planners in different capacities and contexts, including government and private sector, are considered. Various planning methods are described, among them strategic planning, adaptive planning, and community engagement. Australian planning institutions are reviewed, including federal, state, regional and local planning policies, processes and legislation. You will participate in practical activities to develop your skills in plan development and evaluation, risk management and project management.


Unit name Critical Planning: Theory, Process and Applications
Unit code KGA511
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Prof Jason Byrne

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $5,566.00 050901

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Teaching Pattern

Interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips (4-hrs weekly over 13 weeks), plus MyLO discussion forum.


4000 word report (40%), 3000 word plan (30%), group planning project and seminar presentation (30%)

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