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Module Code: CDE302
Module Title: Planning Theory
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Urban Planning and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to explain the different planning theories, their development and their relationship to planning practice. Three main objectives are identified:

1) to provide a theoretical grounding on the nature and purposes of planning activities and planning practice;

2) to relate theories about planning to more general social theories of state, society and

professional ethics;

3) to provide a conceptual framework for students to formulate their own professional value-systems

and viewpoints.
Learning outcomes 
Students who complete the course successfully will:

A. appreciate different theoretical backgrounds to planning, both historical and contemporary,

B. Understand the diversity of ideologies, values and cultures that form different theories in and of planning,

C. Understand the reasons why planning practitioners operate in the way they do

D. Be familiar with theoretical methods of problem resolution, and understand the limitations of applying natural science methods to social science problems
Method of teaching and learning 
The delivery of this module is largely through lectures and student presentations. Students are expected to do several assigned homework readings, one oral presentation and one essay, and they are expected to participate actively in classes and especially discussions.
The contextual framework:

1. What is Theory

2. The relationship between theory and practice in urban planning

3. Traditions and paradigms in urban planning

4. Do we need urban planning

Values in urban planning

5. Ideas of the ideal city

6. Modernism and its critique

7. The environmentalist paradigm

8. Urban planning and social justice

Strategies and actors of urban planning

9. Governance vs. government in planning

10. Public participation in planning

11. Possible roles of the planner

12. The private sector as driving force in planning

13. Time-frames and scales of planning
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Oral Presentation And Discussions 40.00
2 Essay 60.00

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