Module Catalogues

History and Purpose of Planning

Module Title History and Purpose of Planning
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

This module aims to provide an introduction to the history and theory of urban planning in the West and other developed countries from antiquity to the present, with a special focus on 19th and 20th centuries. It aims to facilitate students a broad understanding of the evolution of planning ideas and the framework and operation of the planning system. Main currents of thought that have shaped the past and present planning practice will be introduced and illustrated by reference to their historical relevance, subsequent impacts and contemporary practice.

Learning outcomes

A. Comprehend the broad history of cities and relate Chinese and European historical periods (Classifications of historial time)
B. Discuss the evolution of the theories and the ideas of the city and the development of the planning systems
C. Understand various forces behind urbanization, migration, city-suburb division, and social divisions as well as the social, economic, and political contexts within which planning systems have evolved

Method of teaching and learning

This lecture-based module follows a chronological order to give students a basic understanding of how the planning system has evolved against different historical backgrounds and under different political regimes. Students will be given weekly reading and expected to use various types of materials from both library and internet sources to extend their knowledge on the subject and to complete the coursework.