Foundational Ideas for Planning
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Urban Studies and Planning
Taught In English
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionA 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 IntroductionThe 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 ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hourAssessment SummaryAttendance: 10%Quizzes: 30%Essay: 30%Final Exam: 30$
- 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.
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