URBPLAN 701 : Urban Planning Contexts

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to the city, urban planning and sustainability. Professional roles, practices and values. An introduction to and application of critical quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods for urban planning.

Course Overview

The course is designed to contribute to the overall learning of the four masters-level programmes that participate in urban planning, architecture, urban design or heritage conservation theory and practices. It provides an introduction to the city, urban form and sustainability; the role and evolution of urban planning, its profession, values and contemporary debates; along with foundational research skills.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolving functions and structures of cities, the dynamic and interactive forces that shape them, and the significance of history and sustainability in their future development, in the New Zealand and global contexts (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 6.1 and 6.3)
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the evolution of urban planning and urban design; and the planning profession in New Zealand and the pivotal theories, rationales and values influencing practice (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of ideas, policy frameworks and plans on human settlement and lifestyles with critical reflection (Capability 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Demonstrate a reflective understanding of, and ability to discuss, the key debates and literature in urban planning (Capability 2.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  5. Understand and apply quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods, their strengths and weaknesses and appropriateness for urban planning practice and research (Capability 3.1 and 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Research 20% Individual Coursework
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course curriculum is delivered through lectures. Advice on assignment and exam preparation is provided, along with feedback on work submitted.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course, and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 33 hours of lectures, a  and 117 hours of reading and thinking about the content and work on assignments and exam preparation.

Note: there is no teaching in the 12th week, to allow for the School of Architecture and Planning's Crit/Studio Week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is  expected at scheduled activities including to complete components of the course. Lectures will be available as recordings. 
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.  The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

LeGates, R, and Stout, F. eds. The City Reader, (2020), London; New York: Routledge - with a general reading list and other resources provided in Canvas (through Talis) and organised by lectures. It will include texts (required readings), essential resources (extra readings of importance) and further resources (if you wish to follow up a thematic focus - for a particular assignment or later in your education). 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 05/11/2021 04:06 p.m.