Course Title: Planning Systems and Public Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning Systems and Public Policy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Georgia Garrard

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9986

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine issues around governance and planning in cities and regions. You will look at recent trends in governance theory, and how public policy outcomes are developed. Specifically the course will address the questions of the role of government, the private sector and civil society in planning system and decisions This will include explorations of the forms and levels of institutions and the methods of participatory and political engagement that occur and how suited these are to contemporary planning challenges. In this course you will investigate case studies of institutional arrangements and styles of governance, in Australia and internationally, to explore the range of options available and to critically analyse their effectiveness. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically examine examples of policy and governance arrangements that relate to infrastructure, transport, housing and other related areas of urban policy 
  2. Assess examples of planning policy and governance in Australia and internationally using key theoretical insights into models of planning policy and governance 
  3. Develop skills in researching and examining case studies of practice through broader theoretical understandings 
  4. Reflect on Australian examples and give consideration to potential changes in policy, institutions and practice drawn from local and international experiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, field visits, group discussion, and group 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. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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

  1. Reflective reading of case studies and practice task 30% (Linked to CLO 1 and 2)
  2. Presentation and discussion of key debates 20% (Linked to CLO 1,2 and 3)
  3. Case study research and theory in practice task 50% (Linked to CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4)  

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 manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.