PLNG4403 Planning and Governance

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides students with an understanding of the governance structure of planning systems in Australia, and in particular Western Australia. It introduces students to the political and bureaucratic frameworks that underpin planning; the role of different tiers of government—federal, state and local; the links between planning, the business sector and non-government organisations; and the complex interplay of social, political and economic processes within planning systems and policy decision making more broadly.
Students are able to (1) critically understand and assess how power is exercised in decision-making processes within the planning system; (2) understand how policy is formulated and implemented; and (3) demonstrate a clear understanding of the key governance structures and processes that affect planning/policy processes.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) two in-class tests (first test—15 per cent and second test—20 per cent); (2) essay; and (3) discussion paper/report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Maginn
Unit rules
enrolment in Urban and Regional Planning Honours (HON-URPLN)
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Contact hours
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
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