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SDUP71-100: Professional Planning Practice: Theory and Ethics January 2020 [Intensive]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design: Planning and Environment
Subject code:SDUP71-100
Subject title:Professional Planning Practice: Theory and Ethics
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 3


Prescribed resources:
  • Susan Fainstein and James DeFilippis (Eds.) (2015). Readings in Planning Theory. 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Susan Thompson and Paul Maginn (eds) (2012). Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning. Cambridge University Press.
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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.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Pitch Student seminars (Presentation on stories of planner) 15% Week 6 1, 3.
Research Paper Submission of Research paper (5,000 words essay on stories of planner linking planning theory with planning practice and ethics) 35% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Essay Planning Essays (Take-home exam) 50% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Overview of subject; information on reading materials; introduction to planning theory, town planning practice; key debates on planning theory; review of relevant websites on planning

Foundations of planning theory - city beautiful movement, urban utopias; theories of planning:rational, comprehensive, incremental and mixed scanning; stories of planner, class discussion and tutorial

Theories of planning: collaborative, communicative and deliberative approaches; advocacy, equity, sustainable planning approaches; class discussion and tutorial

Planning approaches - new urbanism; multicultural and gender perspectives on city planning; class discussion and tutorial, Student seminars (presentation on work-in -progress research paper on stories of planners)

Planning ethics and planning practice; Environmental ethics, Student seminars (presentation on work-in-progress research paper on stories of planners);

PIA code of professional practice and ethics; consultation on research paper

Approved on: Oct 18, 2019. Edition: 2.0
Last updated: Jan 8, 2020.