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URP4002 Urban and Regional Planning Theory

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Pre-requisite: URP1001 or URP3201 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDST or MSPT or GCNS or GDNS or MENS or GCBU or MPPM


The evolution of planning theory from physical and spatial planning to a form of rational and communicative action has enormous impact on the profession of planning and the types of activities in which planners are involved. Planners need to have an understanding of how the philosophies behind planning drives policy agendas and planning activities and where urban and regional planning theory fits within broader aspects of urban theory.

This course covers the ideological approaches to broader urban theory and specific urban and regional planning theory that shape the humanistic and epistemological premises of planning and how we understand urban and regional experiences. It will examine the impact of various planning theories on the role of the planner and the implications for planning practice and urban development policy in the context of modernity, globalisation, inequality, difference and intersections within cities.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023