Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Planning and placemaking processes are not neutral, technical activities but are deeply embedded in social, political and cultural contexts and occur both formally and informally. Building on theoretical knowledge gained from first and second year, the purpose of this course is to explore these processes and give students a comprehensive understanding of the critical issues associated with urban and regional planning and development. Selected case studies illustrate the relationship between leisure, tourism and the city.
On completion of this course, it is expected that students will:
1. Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the planning, representation and interpretation of the city through an engagement with the major theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary urban analysis;
2. Develop an historical appreciation of the events, process and political interventions that have shaped Australian cities and contributed to the cultural value Australians place on suburbia;
3. Explore the interrelationship of equity, leisure, tourism and the government of urban space;
4. Examine the connection between identity and place, and the implications of ideas of belonging for an understanding of urban development and politics;
5. Critically evaluate significant contemporary urban planning trends through detailed analysis of chosen case material.
This interdisciplinary course will consider complex contemporary urban issues, including identity, place and culture through an exploration of specific planning and development trends and theoretical debates including:
1. Town planning and the growth of the Australian city.
2. The Garden City and City Beautiful movements.
3. The role of governments in urban development.
4. Consulting communities.
5. Issues of equity, masculine cities/feminine suburbs.
6. The militarization of space.
7. Leisure, art and the city.
8. City reimaging and urban tourism.
9. The city as theme park.
10.Identity, place and belonging.
11.The city in popular culture.
10 units at 2000 level in LEIS courses.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term