PLNG5403 Planning and Governance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
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; the dynamics of power, conflict, and decision-making in democratic planning systems; and the complex interplay of social, political and economic processes within planning systems and policy decision making more broadly.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding and mastery of theories and conceptual tools used in planning and governance systems, structures, and processes; (2) exhibit an advanced understanding of the practical and operational facets shaping the institutional, policy, and political landscape of planning and governance within Western Australia and Australia; and (3) prepare for planning practice by examining and reporting on power and decision-making in planning and governance processes within the planning system at state, metropolitan, and local levels.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online assessment task; (2) policy brief; and (3) report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Clare Mouat
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
enrolment in the Master of Landscape Architecture (25550)
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Contact hours
Workshops: 4 hours per week including independent industry learning engagement related to planning and governance.
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

There are no textbooks required for this unit.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.