Credit points: 30

Subject outline

The subject explores planning, development and management aspects of cities and regions, drawing upon insights from planning history, urban development, transportation planning, geography, economics, sociology, demography, and political science. Special attention is paid to theories and concepts that can be applied by urban planners to improve the economic performance, quality of life and social equity of urban areas. Topics covered include the origin and development of cities, regionalism, historical and contemporary theories of urbanisation, economic development policies and strategies for settlements, regional economic policies, transport planning, mobility, regional development planning, globalization, urban poverty, and problems of regional governance

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew Butt

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in a postgraduate planning program.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCities and developmentsPrescribedBeall, J.ROUTLEDGE, 2000
ReadingsPlanet of slums LondonPrescribedDavis, MVERS 2006
ReadingsWorld cities and urban form: Fragmented, polycentric, sustainable?PrescribedJenks, M., Kozak, D. & Takkanon, P. (Eds.).ROUTLEDGE, 2008

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Able to generate regional and local level macro and micro economic development strategies.

Reflective Journals Student Presentations in the class Group discussions/Brainstoming
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Able to understand social-economic, environmental characteristics of cities and regions and their related issues in planning perspective

Power point presentations/Lectures discussions Encourage group discussions (Pop Quiz) Transmit reading materials electronically Getting students to write reflective journals Role play
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

03. Knowledge of macro economic policies and how they influence spatial planning decisions

Transmit reading materials elctronically Getting students to write reflective journals Getting students to read
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew Butt

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
Eight 7.0 hours seminar other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"May include fieldtrips."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3,000 word report40 02
Essay (4,500 words)50 03
Presentation (500 words and images)10 01