Course Title: Social Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Planning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1103

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

ENVI1103

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Benno Engels

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3884

Course Coordinator Email: benno.engels@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.12


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Social planning is a form of social policy making in a spatial context that seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of people and communities through strategic policy and planned actions that integrate with land use, environmental, social and community planning. In this course you will develop an understanding of the theories and practices of social planning. You will conduct a needs assessment of a chosen real community to investigate a range of contemporary social issues such as ageing, disability, youth exclusion, diversity, gender, safety, service delivery and access, and public health.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• summarise historical origins of social planning and how it has developed alongside and continues to complement land use and environmental planning as well as social policy making;

• identify and define key concepts and techniques that underpin social planning;

• analyse the central role that social planning has played in the historical development of urban and environmental planning as a profession;

• conduct fieldwork and reflect on where and why fieldwork can go wrong;

• collect and analyse socio-demographic data including the analysis of census data, conducting a limited land-use survey of a municipality, and data mapping.
 


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving urban and regional problems in diverse contexts and assessing implications of decisions and actions;

• Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of urban and regional planning.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, field trips, group activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies [http://rmit.libguides.com/planning].

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include fieldwork reports, assignment, presentations or research essays.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment