Subject details

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

  1. explain the history and evolution of planning
  2. outline a range of planning theories and utopian visions
  3. identify ethical dilemmas in planning practice
  4. critically evaluate planning documentation
  5. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
    • Introduction to Planning
    • The Origins of Modern Planning
    • The Seers: Pioneer Thinkers in Urban Planning
    • The Seers: Pioneer Thinkers in Urban Planning (European)
    • Post WWII Planning
    • 1960s Planning
    • 1970s Planning
    • From Modernism to Post-Modernism
    • Planning Ethics
    • The Planning Systems
    • Substantive Planning Issues
    • Unit Overview
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

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


This subject is a prerequisite for other subjects and must be completed prior to URP560 Integrated Plan Making and URP570 Planning Dissertation Preparation

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

The subject will cover 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.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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