Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Urban Planning

Stage I

URBPLAN 101
15 Points

URBPLAN 101G
15 Points

Introduction to Urban Planning

An introduction to the discipline of urban planning, examining its evolution, theory, practice, profession, ethics, values and future trends. Offers a critical exploration of the challenges facing urban planners today and into the future.

Restriction: PLANNING 100G

URBPLAN 122
15 Points

Introduction to Society, Civics and Governance Issues for Urban Planning

An introduction to the concepts of civics and governance in New Zealand and its international obligations, the theories and values of democracy, natural justice and the role institutional behaviour. Provides an understanding of the basis of the New Zealand legal system, the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and public policy development.

Restriction: URBPLAN 102

URBPLAN 123
15 Points

Urban Planning Economics

An introduction to economic theory, at both the micro and macro levels, and its impact and influence on urban planning policy development and decision making. Includes reference to how economic development can be integrated into effective urban planning policy formulation.

Restriction: URBPLAN 102

URBPLAN 124
15 Points

Urban Environmental Issues

An introduction to ecological processes, urban resilience and growth in an urban context. Explores how urban planning systems can work in sympathy with, or in contradiction to, such processes, and the implications of this for urban planning practice.

Restriction: URBPLAN 105

URBPLAN 125
30 Points

Urban Planning Studio 1

An introduction to studio and design thinking, the urban design discipline, research skills (quantitative and qualitative) and methods, and the land tenure system. Enables students to read plans at different scales and provide visual literacy skills, including GIS and other relevant tools, through a studio-based design exercise relevant to urban planning.

URBPLAN 126
30 Points

Urban Planning Studio 2

An introduction to basic urban design theories and principles as applied to building form, land use and subdivision patterns, the space between buildings, the role of open space and the public realm. Students will undertake site analysis and through a studio-based design exercise develop skills and practices for working at the differing spatial scale relevant for urban planning and urban design.

Stage II

URBPLAN 201
15 Points

Urban Policy Analysis

The application of critical quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods for urban planning.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101-105, or 30 points passed in Global Environment and Sustainable Development

URBPLAN 202
15 Points

Urban Planning Implementation and Law

A critical understanding of the concepts and principles of relevance to urban planning legislation, practice and decision-making.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101-105

URBPLAN 203
15 Points

Urban Infrastructure

A critical analysis of infrastructure provision, modelling, and assets management provision.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101-105, or GEOG 101, 102, 140 or GISCI 140, and URBPLAN 103

URBPLAN 204
15 Points

Urban Planning Social Theory and Practice

A critical analysis of the urban social issues, urban social theory, social justice and deprivation, and gender issues.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101-105

URBPLAN 205
15 Points

Transportation Planning

A critical analysis of transportation planning, modelling and its relationship with land use activities in the urban environment.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101-105, or GEOG 101, 102, 140 or GISCI 140, and URBPLAN 103

URBPLAN 210
15 Points

Urban Planning Studio Three

Research and design techniques and skills for evaluating urban design outcomes against urban design criteria at the neighbourhood scale.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 110, 111

URBPLAN 211
15 Points

Urban Planning Studio Four

Examines the complex interrelationships of urban planning issues required to achieve effective and sustainable design solutions at the town/city spatial scale.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 110, 111

URBPLAN 221
15 Points

Social Issues for Urban Planning

A critical understanding of urban social theory, social justice, social equity, gender issues, social diversity and equality, and who has rights to the city. Housing policies, markets, practices, and their relationship with urban sustainability, including transportation planning responses to social dislocation. Provides the ability to understand and undertake Social Impacts Assessments relevant for urban planning.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101, 122-126

Restriction: URBPLAN 204

URBPLAN 222
15 Points

Urban Economics

A critical understanding of the principles of urban land use economics, how property markets work and how properties are developed, valued and financed, as well as how urban planning strategies can facilitate, or impede, efficient property markets.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101, 122-126

Restriction: URBPLAN 304

URBPLAN 223
15 Points

Urban Planning Law

A critical understanding of the concepts and principles relevant to urban planning legislation, practice and decision-making, including the Resource Management Act 1991, Local Government Act 2002, Land Transport Management Act 2003, Climate Change Response Act 2019 and Urban Development Authority Act 2020.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101, 122-126

Restriction: URBPLAN 202

URBPLAN 225
30 Points

Urban Planning Studio 3

Explores the social, economic and consultation and design and report writing skills, factors and tools required to undertake a medium scale re-generation community development project. Studio-based design provides prevention strategies to mitigate the adverse impacts of social dislocation of existing communities and urban gentrification.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101, 122-126

URBPLAN 226
30 Points

Urban Planning Studio 4

Enables students to undertake a detailed and in-depth consideration of a contemporary wicked problem currently or potentially challenging urban planning practice through a studio-based design exercise leading to a design solution. Potential wicked problems include the impact of climate change on urban form and communities or the challenges of creating resilient and sustainable communities in light of significant urban growth pressures.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 101, 122-126

Stage III

URBPLAN 301
15 Points

Urban Economic Development

An evaluation of theories, policies and practices of community and economic development relevant for urban planning.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 201-205, or 30 points at Stage II in Global Environment and Sustainable Development

URBPLAN 302
15 Points

Heritage/Cultural Issues for Urban Planning

A critical analysis of the history, theory and practice of heritage planning in New Zealand and relevant international contexts.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 201-205

URBPLAN 303
15 Points

Ecology and Resilience

A critical analysis of the ecological view towards the concepts of resilience; social-ecological systems models, considering wicked problems and the impacts of climate change.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 201-205

URBPLAN 304
15 Points

Urban Land Use Economics

Examines the principles of urban land economics focusing on economic development, property markets and property development.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 201-205

URBPLAN 305
15 Points

Māori Urban Planning Issues

Māori attitudes, values and aspirations in urban planning with an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi; post Treaty settlements.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 201-205

URBPLAN 306
15 Points

Global Contexts and Contemporary Urban Planning Issues

Examines how comparative urban planning systems address contemporary urban planning issues in both the New Zealand and international contexts.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 201-205, or 30 points at Stage II in Global Environment and Sustainable Development

URBPLAN 310
15 Points

Urban Planning Studio Five

To develop a critical understanding of regional planning practices, and develop advanced research and designs skills in proposing more sustainable urban form.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 210, 211

URBPLAN 311
15 Points

Urban Planning Studio Six

Community engagement, data collection and analysis using a project-based approach.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 210, 211

URBPLAN 321
15 Points

Urban Policy Analysis, Development and Research Skills

A critical understanding of the role public policy plays in practice and how to develop effective, creative outcome-focused policy solutions for urban planning through the application of quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 221-223, 225, 226 or 30 points passed in Global Environment and Sustainable Development

Restriction: URBPLAN 301

URBPLAN 322
15 Points

Urban Infrastructure

Examines the issues surrounding the planning, development and funding of different types of social and physical infrastructure, including transportation, energy, renewable energy, and water and sewerage management, using local and international case studies and examples.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 221-223, 225, 226

Restriction: URBPLAN 203, 205

URBPLAN 323
15 Points

Māori Planning Issues

A critical understanding of traditional and contemporary relationships between tangata whenua and the urban environment, the theoretical and practical application of a Māori worldview for urban planning practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process will impact and influence urban planning.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 221-223, 225, 226

Restriction: URBPLAN 305

URBPLAN 325
30 Points

Urban Planning Studio 5

A critical understanding of the importance and integration of land use with transport (including active travel options) and urban infrastructure (including three waters and social infrastructure) while taking into account realistic funding models, costs and benefits through a studio-based design exercise.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 221-223, 225, 226

URBPLAN 326
30 Points

Urban Planning Studio 6

A critical understanding and application of the skills, methods and processes required for the design of sustainable urban places, forms and spaces, and neighbourhood creation.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 221-223, 225, 226

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

URBPLAN 701
15 Points

Urban Planning Contexts - Level 9

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.

URBPLAN 702
15 Points

Urban Planning Law - Level 9

A critical understanding of the concepts and principles of relevant urban planning legislation and decision-making.

URBPLAN 703
15 Points

Urban Planning and the Environment - Level 9

A fundamental understanding of ecological issues and their implications for urban planning.

URBPLAN 704
15 Points

People, Communities and Urban Planning - Level 9

A critical analysis of the urban social issues and relevant urban planning responses.

URBPLAN 705
15 Points

Sustainable Infrastructure Planning - Level 9

A critical understanding of the essential physical urban infrastructure and research methods skills for urban planning.

URBPLAN 706
15 Points

Māori Planning Issues - Level 9

Māori attitudes, values and aspirations in urban planning with an understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi. Indigenous development issues.

URBPLAN 707
15 Points

Urban Economic Development - Level 9

Principles of urban economics. Economic development, urban planning strategies. Asset management and property development.

URBPLAN 708
15 Points

Urban Design Studio - Level 9

The principles and concepts of urban design and their application in urban planning practice.

URBPLAN 711
15 Points

Urban Planning Theory - Level 9

A comparative exploration of urban planning theories and ethics.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 301-305, 310, 311, or URBPLAN 701

URBPLAN 712
15 Points

Sustainable Urbanism - Level 9

Research into critical and contemporary urban planning issues.

URBPLAN 713
15 Points

Shelter - Level 9

Housing policies and practices. Housing and urban sustainability.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 301-305, 310, 311, or URBPLAN 704

URBPLAN 714
15 Points

Urban Planning Methods and Plan Making Studio - Level 9

Urban planning methods and plan making implication and evaluation. Project management.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 301-305, 310, 311, or URBPLAN 702

URBPLAN 715
45 Points

Urban Planning Research Dissertation - Level 9

An in-depth, self guided research investigation relevant to urban planning with an advanced examination and application of critical quantitative and/or qualitative research skills for urban planning.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 701, 705

URBPLAN 721
15 Points

Project Management for Urban Planning

A critical understanding of project management methods and skills, and management types and cultures, for private practice and in local and central government agencies. Includes asset management and planning for local government in New Zealand as relevant for urban planning practice.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 321-323, 325, 326 or Departmental approval

URBPLAN 722
15 Points

Heritage/Cultural Issues

Examines heritage planning history, theory, law and implementation practices in New Zealand and relevant international contexts.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 321-323, 325, 326

URBPLAN 733
15 Points

Sustainable Urban Design Studio - Level 9

Developing advanced urban design techniques to create sustainable urban forms.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 708

URBPLAN 734
15 Points

Urban Planning and Governance - Level 9

Public policy, democracy, capacity building and implications of urban planning practice.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 301-305, 310, 311, or URBPLAN 704

URBPLAN 735
15 Points

Resource Consents and Implementation, Evaluation - Level 9

The critical skills and judgments required in the urban planning implementation process, including Assessment of Environmental Effects/Social Impact Assessment development.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 321-323, 325, 326

URBPLAN 741
15 Points

Special Topic - Level 9

URBPLAN 742
15 Points

Special Topic - Level 9

URBPLAN 757
30 Points

Research Project - Level 9

An in-depth, self-guided research specialised investigation, with an advanced examination and application of critical quantitative and qualitative research skills for urban planning.

Prerequisite: URBPLAN 301-311 or 321, 326

URBPLAN 794A
45 Points

URBPLAN 794B
45 Points

Thesis - Level 9

To complete this course students must enrol in URBPLAN 794 A and B

URBPLAN 796A
60 Points

URBPLAN 796B
60 Points

Thesis - Level 9

To complete this course students must enrol in URBPLAN 796 A and B

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