Course level

Undergraduate

Faculty

Science

School

Earth and Environment Sc Schl

Units

2

Duration

One Semester

Class contact

2 Lecture hours

Assessment methods

Assignments, quizzes

Course coordinator

Dr Dorina Pojani

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile

Please Note: Course profiles marked as not available may still be in development.

Course description

The focus of this course is on both the theory and practice of planning. In particular, this course intends to provoke students to think about what "good planning" means and of ways and means of improving the theoretical base and the practical operation of planning. Understanding planning theory will help future planners to understand how planning is practiced, why planning is done in particular ways, and provide them with a perspective about the roles that planners play. Critical questions will be explored, including: (a) should planners think like architects, social critics or private developers, (b) should plans be grand and comprehensive or cautious and incremental, (c) should planners assist or resist the private market, (d) should planners be neutral professionals or social advocates, (e) should planners create utopian visions of how cities could be or to pragmatically deal with cities as they are, and (f) should planners develop complex theories of urbanisation and decision-making, or simply deal with immediate practical and professional challenges? The course is structured around an exploration of recent approaches to planning theory, and how they have given shape to planning practice. It also considers the professional status of planning and the ethical standards of the profession.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 1, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable
Semester 1, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2014 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2013 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2012 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2011 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2010 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2009 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 1, 2008 St Lucia Internal Course Profile