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Planning Theory and Context

Postgraduate | CUR-URP530 | 2024

Draw on lessons from the past as you consider the state of planning theory in the present.Incorporate theories from Foucault and Marx. Spot the broad trends that characterise the planning field. Use theoretical thinking to solve a practical problem.

Study method
100% online
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Enrol by
19 May 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
27 May 2024,
25 Nov 2024

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Planning Theory and Context

About this subject

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

    1. explain how planning theories and urban theories shape and inform contemporary planning practice
    2. contextualise and explain the historical development of the central ideas and practices associated with the field of urban planning
    3. critically analyse the role of the planner and urban planning practice within broader social, political and global contexts
    4. apply theory to analyse and address emerging planning challenges

Entry requirements


This subject is a prerequisite for another subject and must be taken prior to URP650 Planning Masters Dissertation.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Audio / Video Conferencing
  • Software requirements - Standard Media. Web links. Embedded multimedia. Podcasting / Lecture capture. Online assignment submission.
  • Other requirements - Essential Textbook. Online Assessment. Printable format materials. Resources & Links.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

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Master of Architecture

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