Course Title: Governance and Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Governance and Planning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Andreanne Doyon

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.36

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the changes in philosophy and practices of of local government in a land-use planning and local development context. You will gain an understanding of the people and professions within local government, hearing from professionals. You will analyse the role of the professionals in local government and the issues that they face. Skills and knowledge required of local government employees will be explored. The role of politics, the media and the critical relationship with State Government will be analysed. You will investigate future challenges facing local government and possible innovative ways to respond.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Describe the historical evolution of local government in an Australian context

• Identify key central-local government relationships and custom-based local government operations

• Analyse and evaluate the ways in which reformed local governments have responded to the financial and political constraints they operate under

• Apply project management skills to collaborative research tasks

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.

• Initiate positive contributions to the wider community through professional planning practice, establishing empathy, equity and shared understanding across diverse interest groups

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, guest lectures, tutorials, workshops, 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 [].

The Library provides guides on academic 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 tasks may include a group research project, reflective observational reports on local government activities, an analysis of a local government plan, a research essay, and class participation.

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: