Foundational Ideas for Planning

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundational Ideas for Planning

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    A survey of influential theories, concepts, and ideas from the social sciences that inform the historical and contemporary practice of planning. Economic concepts, social and behaviorial theory, and systems of governance and administration will be examined and related to planning theory and practice. Students will select and explore one influential idea in-depth to creatively and cogently relate this topic to planning practice.
    Course Introduction
    The course provides an introduction to foundational ideas in the social sciences. Successful professional planners should understand the functioning of economic systems and markets, understand the basics of human behaviour to work effectively with people in the planning process, and understand how politics and organizations influence the planning process and outcomes. The primary purpose of this foundation course is to expose students to a broad range of important concepts and ideas to lay a solid foundation for the more focused planning tools and skills that are delivered later in the planning curriculum.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Understand the role of the state and the market within society.
    • Explain basic concepts and assumptions of market systems and reasons for market failure.
    • Provide a cogent critique of the neoclassical economic paradigm.
    • Explain how economic systems influence planning in the public and private domains.
    • Describe and apply theories of decisionmaking to real-world situations.
    • Explain some effective strategies for managing people in a planning process.
    • List and explain major political concepts and their influence on planning.
    • Explain rationalism and the dominance of bureaucracies.
    • List and explain some sociological theories and their relationship to planning.
    • Effectively communicate relationships between foundational ideas in the social sciences and modern planning theory and practice.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour
    Assessment Summary
    Attendance: 10%
    Quizzes: 30%
    Essay: 30%
    Final Exam: 30$

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