UPD4201 - Planning study 1: regulating the city - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Architecture

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Carl Grodach (Semester 1)
Dr Liz Taylor (Semester 2)


Professor Carl Grodach (Semester 1)
Dr Liz Taylor (Semester 2)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit develops knowledge and skills around the legal and administrative frameworks that underpin the implementation of planning in Australia, set within national and international contexts. Students will critically analyse the roles and powers of governments, markets and communities, and their respective impacts on policy and planning instruments.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Demonstrate a command of historical and contemporary approaches to the regulatory contexts shaping planning systems;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to research and understand planning principles and frameworks in Australia in a global context;
  3. Be able to interpret legal codes and policies and apply them through planning instruments;
  4. Have developed an understanding of the complex political environments and the impacts of these on planning cities;
  5. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study, or equivalent.

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