Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to the history and practice of planning.  Students learn about the origins and development of planning and the translation of historical principles into contemporary practice.  Key planning and urban design concepts, models and approaches are investigated, as are patterns of human settlement and their impacts, the changing societal context for planning, and various planning problems, issues and solutions.  The unit is structured around key planning themes, including planning’s historical quest to improve living conditions, the evolving practice of planning, the significance of heritage protection, planning’s inherent tensions, community concerns, and planning’s contemporary mission to improve quality of life.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to unit content and assessment
Topic 2: Improving the city and living conditions
Topic 3: Responding to changing planning contexts
Topic 4: Integrating urban development
Topic 5: Shaping the metropolis
Topic 6: Conserving the past
Topic 7: Navigating planning's inherent tensions
Topic 8: Embracing planning's evolving approaches
Topic 9: Responding to community concerns
Topic 10: Improving the quality of life
Topic 11: Planning's legacies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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