Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How do the theory, concepts and practice of local, rural and regional planning help us to understand and plan for changing settlement structures, demographic characteristics, and economic engagement? In this subject, you will study how the historical development of regional studies informs contemporary policy and planning for rural and regional Australia. By examining the statutory and institutional planning hierarchy, you will gain a deeper understanding about the roles, functions and power of local, state and federal government agencies development strategies, policies and programs. You will tie these processes to the preparation, implementation and evaluation of rural and regional planning techniques and practices, and their implications for rural and regional planning and development. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMelissa Kennedy

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, student led discussion of readings, practicums, individual essay, scenario project and presentation

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 120 credit points


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse the relationships between structural changes, land use impacts and social change in rural communities and landscapes.
02. Assess the complex inter-relationship between cultural, social, economic and environmental factors in planning futures in rural and regional areas
03. Evaluate the political and social economy of rural spaces.
04. Show a strong understanding of demographic and socio-economic trends in case stud areas.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMelissa Kennedy

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 30 - 42
One 7.00 hours field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
Ten 3.00 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Practicums (1250 words equivalent) Practicums focus on building students' statutory planning skills

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Individual referenced essay (1500 words) This assessment focuses on students' understanding of the scholarly literature about rural and regional planning.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Rural planning scenario project and presentation (1500 word equivalence) This assessment focuses on students' ability to tie theory with practice by situating a particular issue within broader regulatory structures.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4