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Foundations of Urban and Regional Planning G (8640.4)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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This interdisciplinary unit investigates how urban and regional planning has developed in Australia in response to prevailing and changing economic and political situations. The role of the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in developing topic based and geographic based urban and regional plans will be critically analysed. The different techniques for developing planning models at regional and State scale will be examined. The recognition of the challenges of community engagement at regional and citywide scale will be explored. In comparison, the role and practice of regional planning in international settings will be reviewed. The unit will develop a dialogue in best practice planning techniques that can be applied to a range of urban and regional data sets.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of how urban and regional planning has responded to the cultural, political, environmental and economic factors that make up our diverse nation;

2. Demonstrate critical skills for understanding and analysing urban and regional policy nationally and internationally;

3. Demonstrate research, analytical and communication skills;

4. Research aspects of urban policy development over time and discuss how different tiers of government respond to a national urban policy agenda; and

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of urban and regional planning in advancing economic prosperity, environmental conservation and social equity.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week.





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