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Subject details

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

  1. describe the history of the planning system
  2. outline a range of planning theories and utopian visions
  3. describe ethical dilemmas in planning practice
  4. critically evaluate planning documentation.

    • Introduction to Planning
    • Profile of WA, NSW and VIC
    • History of Planning in WA
    • Suburban Planning and Subdivision Control
    • Local Planning
    • Metropolitan Planning
    • Transport Planning
    • Retail Planning
    • Urban Design
    • Regional Planning
    • Rural Planning
    • Overview of Planning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The origins, evolution and development of the planning of settlements and cities, from indigenous planning to 21st Century planning. The emergence of modern planning as a profession and as a response to the health issues and problems associated with the industrial city. Utopian ideas and pioneer thinkers in planning. An overview of key planning theories, the evaluation of planning documentation and the ethics of planning practice. The origin, evolution and strengths and weaknesses of the planning system. Operation of the current planning and development system including evaluation of planning documentation and the ethics of planning practice.

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  • Exercises (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Portfolio (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

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