SPD100 - Introduction to Planning Theory Practice and Law

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Subject Title
Introduction to Planning Theory Practice and Law

Subject Description
This course provides students with a thorough introduction to Planning with a particular emphasis on theoretical and practical competencies used by Planners and Planning Technologists on a daily basis. Policy frameworks such as the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement are examined. Emerging issues and the role of ethics and values will also be explored.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Sustainable Planning and Development Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of planning professionals.
  2. Analyze planning policy while applying specific tools and mechanisms to relevant case studies.
  3. Apply working knowledge of specific techniques to solve practical planning problems.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Topic Outline
Unit 1 Course Overview: Fundamentals of Planning in the Canadian Context
Unit 2 Theory and Practice: Historical Influences and the Planning Profession Today
Unit 3 Understanding Policy: Federal and Provincial Foundations/Frameworks
Unit 4 Understanding Policy: Regional and  Municipal Foundations/Frameworks
Unit 5 Planning and the Public Forum
Unit 6 Planning and the Political Process
Unit 7 Social Planning, Culture, and Space
Unit 8 Planning Healthy Communities
Unit 9 Environmental Planning, Sustainability, and Natural Heritage
Unit 10 Housing: Trends, Growth, Opportunities, and Challenges
Unit 11 Urban Design: Character and Creativity in Planning
Unit 12 Planning and Economic Development
Unit 13 Transportation and Infrastructure
Unit 14 Planning for Tomorrow/Course Wrap Up

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, in-class exercises, and assessments/presentations

Prescribed Texts
Thomas, Ren. 2016. Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Toronto, Canada: Oxford University Press Canada.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

In-class Exercises 30%
Quizzes 30%
Reviews/Assessments 20%
Assignments 20%
Total 100%

Approved by: Sharon Estok