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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
    • Planning Ethics and Theory
    • History of Planning in WA
    • Suburban planning and subdivision control
    • Local planning
    • Metropolitan planning
    • Transport planning
    • Retail planning and commercial development
    • Urban design
    • Regional planning
    • Rural planning
    • Overview of planning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


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

Special requirements

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

This subject was previously known as Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning.

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%)

Textbooks are not required.

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