Course Title: History of Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: History of Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Marco Amati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9887

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the origin and evolution of planning and its implementation through the growth and development of towns and cities. In so doing, it aims to give you an understanding of how planning originated and developed over time, and how it has influenced cities and regions. 

The history of planning is one of grand ideas, idealism, institutionalism and activism. It also reflects wider social movements, utopian ideals, pragmatic reform, beneficial legacies and great mistakes. You will explore the origins and implications of the most significant ideas in the history of planning, some key developments in society, and be provided with a good understanding of the development of cities and urban settlement. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Compare and contrast ideas and movements in the history of planning 
  2. Explain the historical development of contemporary urban planning  
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the breadth of concerns in planning 
  4. Analyse and critique key developments in society and how these relate to planning 
  5. Develop and present lines of argument in  oral, written or other formats. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories in urban planning and environmental management, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and your scholarly and professional practice 
  • Apply a range of communication and management skills to engage effectively in interdisciplinary teams and with diverse stakeholder groups in a range of contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice.

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 capabilities. Assessment may include critical essays, projects, presentations, and contributions to online forums. Tasks may be individual or group based. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

Assessment tasks: 

  1. Critical analysis of planning history (45%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2,)
  2. Reflective Report or diary (35%) (Linked to CLO 4, 5) 
  3. Presentation of learning that demonstrates that planning links to a historical context (20%) (Group Task Linked to CLO 3) 

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 course coordinator 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.