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Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Introduction to planning theory
    • Typologies of planning theory
    • Urban form theory
    • Diversity, justice and urban form
    • Rational and Systems Theories
    • Communicative Planning
    • Justification for planning: Modernism and postmodernism
    • Marxism and the market in planning
    • Control in planning
    • Radical planning
    • The theory of Foucault
    • Post-modern planning theories
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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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  • Case Study (35%)
  • Online discussion (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (35%)

Textbooks are not required.

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