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SDUP71-100: Professional Planning Practice: Theory and Ethics


It is important for planners to recognise the theoretical underpinning of their profession. Planning theory provides a useful basis for understanding the rationale for planning as well as for comprehending the links to professional practice. Planners need to also have a strong grasp of professional ethics. The aim of this subject is to examine the theoretical basis for planning, approaches to planning, and link them to professional practice and ethics.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,430
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,710

Learning outcomes

1. Understanding of the types of planning theories;
2. Gain a sound knowledge of the foundations of planning theory;
3. Appreciation of the justification for and critiques of planning;
4. Understanding of link between theory and practice of planning;
5. Appreciation of the role of ethics in planning practice.

Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020