Course Title: Social Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Benno Engels

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3884

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

Social planning is a form of social policy making in a spatial context. Social planning strategies seek to meet the needs and aspirations of  communities through planned interventions that integrate social, cultural, spatial and environmental contexts. In this course you will develop a critical understanding of theories and practices for 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

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. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. identify and define the key concepts, theories and techniques that underpin social planning;
  2. describe the historical origins of social planning, its links with social policy making and its role in the development of the planning profession;
  3. identify, describe and apply the activities and processes of social planning; 
  4. conduct both field-based and secondary data collection and analysis and assess the opportunities and limitations of each for social planning purposes 

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. 

 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 the above learning outcomes. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Task

Assessment Task 1: Research and Reflective Task (30%) (individual and group tasks linked to CLO 1 and 2) 
Assessment Task 2: Major Social Planning Project (50%) (individual task linked to CLO 3 and 4)
Assessment Task 3: Group Presentation and Reflective Discussions (20%) (individual and group tasks linked to CLO 1, 2, 3, 4) 

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.