Course Title: Social Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Planning

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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


Course Description

This course provides a critical introduction to the theory and practice of social planning. Social planning seeks to meet the needs and aspirations of people and communities through planned interventions that integrate social, cultural. spatial and environmental contexts. In this course you will develop a critical understanding of the theories and practices of 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. 

This course has been designed to focus on specific elements such as current social planning practices.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify key concepts and techniques that underpin social planning.
  2. Conduct social needs assessments of real communities.
  3. Critically engage with a range of contemporary social issues.
  4. Develop a range of capabilities important for effective practice in the field of social planning; particularly you will have the opportunity to build and extend capabilities such as group work, inter-personal communication, fieldwork, data collection, critical thinking, report writing, presentation and public speaking skills. 

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. 

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. 

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. Social planning issue task (20%) (Individual Task Linked to CLO 1 and 4) 

2. Demographic data and mapping applied task (30%) (Individual Task Linked to CLO 1,2 and 4)

3. Applied social planning project task (50%) (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 coordinator or RMIT student services if you would like to find out more. 

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