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Study Geography and Urban Planning
Urban planning courses deliver knowledge and skills in the areas of urban governance, strategic planning and policy development, history and the theoretical frameworks for planning, urban finance, sociocultural and ecological sustainability, spatial analysis, urban design and transport planning. Delivered by internationally recognised urban scholars, the courses utilise a research based approach as an essential element of teaching and learning. Our courses put a very strong emphasis on applied learning through field trips, work placement and guest lectures by prominent practitioners from local councils and state planning and development agencies. Our teaching utilises Greater Western Sydney as a laboratory for analysis of local socio-cultural, ecological and development issue.
Geography and Urban Planning courses
|Bachelor of Social Science (Geography and Urban Studies)||Penrith; Parramatta||3F / 6P||68.25; 71.85|
|Bachelor of Planning / Master of Urban Management and Planning||Penrith; Parramatta||4F / 8P||82.80; 82.00|
|Master of Planning||Parramatta City||2F / 4P||Not applicable|
|Master of Urban Management and Planning||Parramatta City||1F / 2P||Not applicable|
|Graduate Certificate in Urban Management and Planning||Parramatta City||1F / 2P||Not applicable|
Career opportunities for Geography and Urban Planning graduates
Studying planning provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment as professional planners within and outside of Australia, as well as for employment in a variety of other policy advice related areas.
Where do our grads work?
Our planning graduates work in public, private and community sectors with state government agencies, local councils, planning consultants, and property development companies.
Dr Awais Piracha is a prominent Sydney-based researcher of sustainable urban and regional development and the use of spatial analysis/techniques in land use and transport planning. Dr Piracha was trained as a civil/environmental engineer as well as a town planner. He has served at University of Western Sydney as an urban planning academic since 2003. He currently serves as Director Academic Programs for Geography, Urban Planning…
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why study Planning at the Western Sydney University?
Planning courses are highly research and practice oriented. The courses are taught by research active and internationally acclaimed staff. Fast growing Greater Western Sydney is used a laboratory for applied learning achieved through fieldwork, placement and guest lectures from industry. At the Masters level our courses are offered in intensive workshop mode and thus allow students to work and study at the same time. Scholarships from local councils are available to students enrolled in these courses.
What will I learn?
The planning courses focus on the following areas:
- Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies
- People, Place and Social Difference
- Cultural and Social Geographies
- The Economics of Cities and Regions
- Analysis of Spatial Data
- Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems
- Transport, Access and Equity
- Urban Design
- Housing Markets and Policy
- Managing Cities: History and Theory
- Planning and Environmental Regulation
- Developing Sustainable Places
- Financing Cities in the Global Economy
- Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City
Is there a work placement component to the course?
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Above Average National Student Satisfaction Survey
ARC Discovery Project Funding $1.71 million in 2015
Research rated at or above world standard Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)