Urban and Regional Planning BA

Curtin University
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It is now widely accepted that sustainable and successful human settlements must be properly planned. Urban and regional planners play an important role in shaping development and land use in cities, towns and regions to promote public interest in the development process. Planners need to assess and consider issues relating to housing, ecological systems, community development, transport systems and economic development. Planners work with a range of government, community, industry and market-based stakeholders in the preparation and implementation of plans. 

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning provides a comprehensive overview of the principles, theories, practices, and techniques used by urban and regional planners. In this course you will learn the knowledge and skills required to undertake planning, assess developments, apply innovative planning practices, and think critically about urban and regional development issues.

Graduates are equipped with a high level of communication skills; knowledge of design, economics and law relevant to planning; technical skills relating to land use planning; and the ability to demonstrate sound ethical and professional behaviour.

What you'll learn

  • Apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context
  • Think critically to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues
  • Access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning
  • Communicate effectively in written form, graphically and orally to various audiences (academic, professional and community
  • Use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning
  • Use learned skills to continue self-development in the profession
  • Develop skills in managing and responding to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives
  • Recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
  • Work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising the contribution of other disciplines and interests

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Bentley , Australia