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The unit will begin with a consideration of the nature of planning compared to governance. The notions of ethical planning practice and the public interest will be explored along with the idea of conflict of interest. From this abstract starting point the unit will engage with the major theories that have informed Western planning before locating Australian planning in this context. In particular, the unit will consider Colonisation as the foundation for Australian planning along with City Improvement and City Beautiful, The Garden City, Modernity, Post-Modernity and the Marxist, Feminist and Ecological critique and contemporary developments of New Urbanism and Neo-liberalism. Finally, the unit will then focus on the current planning system - its formal components and operation - in relation to some hot issues in current planning practice (and these will vary from year to year of unit offer). For example sustainability, public vs. private transport, sprawl vs. consolidation, heritage vs. development, social and spatial difference and consider the policies, laws, regulations and plans relevant to them.
Choose any one planning document and interrogate it in terms of its ethical and theoretical assumptions 2000 words 40%
Connecting theory to practice
Choose two examples and consider the ways in which planning has either ameliorated or exacerbated the social and/or physical environment. One should be historical and the other contemporary 3000 words 60%
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