GEOG4003 Fundamentals of Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline
This unit provides an introduction to the evolution of planning in both urban and natural environments. Taking the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a point of departure, the unit explores themes of social equality, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. These are then examined in practice, taking perspectives from landscape architecture, national park planning, key environmental legislation and liveable city initiatives.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the significance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; (2) apply the Sustainable Development Goals to a range of planning contexts and issues; (3) compare how planning has influenced the form and function of the built and natural environment; and (4) critique an example of urban planning in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) essay; and (3) critique of urban development. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Contact hours
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes
Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
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