Course Title: Social Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Planning

Credit Points: 12


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 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Libby Porter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3585

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No Course pre-requisites. Students will bring their own personal and professional experience to bear on the material brought to the classroom

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to social planning, a multidisciplinary field, which focuses on the livability of cities and regions based on the principles of social justice.   Rather than trying to cover the wide range of topics in social planning, this course has been designed to focus on specific elements such as current social planning practices. The course centers on case study material as well as academic literature. This will allow students to critically engage with social plans using different perspectives drawn from the academic community.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Practical examples will be discussed in the classroom. Students will consider and investigate these examples, before providing critical feedback.

Overview of Learning Activities

While there will be some contextual reading and discussion at the beginning and end of the course, the main form of learning will be through learning by listening and doing, based on case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Case studies will provide the bulk of the learning resources.

Overview of Assessment

Students will be engaged in further developing case study material. Students will write an individual essay on a particular aspect of social planning philosophies and practices.