Planning Theory - 2017

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Unit summary

URP530

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Term paper proposal (20%) , Assignment 2 - Online discussion (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
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Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit develops an understanding of planning theories, critically examines past and present trends in planning theories and investigates the links between theory and practice exploring the scope for new planning theories.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically discuss relations between theory and practice
  2. examine broad trends and apply specific theories in the planning arena
  3. describe the role of the professional and of the other stakeholders in the planning process
  4. apply theory to analyse and resolve a planning problem/research project.
  • Assignment 1 — Term paper proposal (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Online discussion (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Final term paper (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to planning theory
2Typologies of planning theory
3Urban form theory
4Diversity, justice and urban form
5Procedural planning theory
6Justification for planning: modernism and post-modernism
7Communicative planning
8Marxism and the market in planning
9Control in planning
10Radical planning
11The theory of Foucault
12Post-modern planning theories

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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