Course Title: Governance and Planning
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Governance and Planning
Credit Points: 12.00
Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.
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365H Global, Urban and Social Studies
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Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022
Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Joe Hurley
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9016
Course Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
The study of urban governance helps to explain how cities work. This course takes a multi-level governance approach and investigates the roles, responsibilities, and resources of different levels of government (with an emphasis on local government), and inter-governmental relations. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the government, private sector, and civil society in managing cities including the delivery and financing of services and infrastructure. The governance context of each place significantly influences the substance and process of planning and decision-making. This course will focus on Melbourne and Victoria, as well as international comparative case studies. Ultimately, this course is about examining the complexities of governance and planning and the actors involved with a focus on the local-scale.
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 webpage for more information.)
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;
- Initiate positive contributions to the wider community through professional planning practice, establishing empathy, equity and shared understanding across diverse interest groups.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the constitutional roles and relationships of the different levels of government in an Australian context
- Analyse and evaluate the ways in which local governments have responded to the financial and political constraints they operate under
- Understand the role of government, the private sector, and civil society in governing urban regions
- Undertake and develop different communication practices.
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.
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.
1. Reflective blog posts and tutorial activities (40%) (Individual tasks linked to CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4)
2. Case Study Report (25%) (Individual Task Linked to CLO 2 and 4)
3. Critical Essay (35%) (Individual Task Linked to CLO 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.