Courses & Units

Urban Planning and Design KGA521



The principles and practices of urban planning and design shape the physical spaces and social lives of our towns and cities. In this unit, you will learn about the historic and theoretical context of urban design and planning, including Aboriginal approaches and perspectives. By gaining a deeper understanding of urban environments, you will build knowledge of contemporary towns and cities by studying key urban dynamics and processes such as climate change, colonisation, housing financialisation and liveability. Focusing on a socio-economically diverse area, you will apply this knowledge in formulating just urban policy and developing a strategic plan for urban change. You will also develop knowledge and skills in urban design by applying design principles in on-the-ground evaluations of urban streetscapes. In this unit, you will benefit from local, national and international case studies, field trips, and extensive engagement with built environment professionals such as architects, developers, designers and planners.


Unit name Urban Planning and Design
Unit code KGA521
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Dr Kate Booth

Teaching staff

Dr Kate Booth

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes


Evaluate knowledge of the role of planning in colonisation to support the decolonize of contemporary planning practice


Analyse quantitative, qualitative and spatial data to enable evidence-based urban decision-making


Critically apply urban design and strategic planning methods and principles to address complex urban problems


Execute graphic, written and verbal communication skills tailored to diverse audiences to contribute to just and equitable urban change


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $1,987.00 $1,987.00 not applicable $4,804.00

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: interactive lectures and workshops (48 hours over 12 weeks), and field trip (8 hours in 1 week); Distance education students: online lectures each week of up to 90 minutes a week weekly online discussions and group work for approximately 2-hrs/week over 13 weeks


4,000 word essay (40%), studio practice journal (40%), class participation (20%)

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