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School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science

PLAN: Community and Regional Planning

Not all courses offered each year.


PLAN 211 (3) City-Making: A Global Perspective
Contemporary city development trends, policies, and practices across the globe as explored against the backdrop of culture and technology. Includes hands-on learning.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or above in any program.
PLAN 221 (3) City Visuals
An exploratory journey through the vast world of visualizing the city and ways of representing the built environment, including how to both interpret and use visualizations to read the city.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or above in any program.
PLAN 331 (3) The Just City in a Divided World
Considers the city as a terrain for the manifestation and mediation of social justice. Explores how the allocation of land, goods, and services in cities (re)produces social stratification, and how institutions and civil society negotiate just and unjust outcomes.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing or above in any program. Second year students may be admitted with permission of instructor.
PLAN 425 (3) Urban Planning Issues and Concepts
Evolution, practice and future of urban planning and development, with emphasis on institutional arrangements, housing, transportation, urban design and development control. For third- and fourth-year undergraduate students interested in urban planning. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. [3-0]
PLAN 500 (3) Fundamentals of Planning Practice
The design and use of problem-solving procedures. The effective leadership of planning groups, and the development of appropriate community planning processes. Styles of public participation. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 501 (3) History of Community and Regional Planning
The origins and evolution of modern urban and regional planning in North America and Europe, emphasizing the changing role of government in the development of Canadian communities during this century. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 502 (3) Planning Theory
Historical and contemporary concepts of the planning process and its legitimacy. The role of the state, public interest, and the responsibilities of professional planners. Concepts and codes of professional ethics. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 503 (3) Planning for Community Economic Development
Theories of community economic development planning. Concepts of community wealth, income, growth and development. Models of the formal and informal community economy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 504 (3) The Ecological Context of Planning
A planning-oriented approach to ecosystems theory emphasizing the structural and functional properties of the biophysical environment. Definition of the urban-centered region in terms of interregional flows and ecological accounts. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 505 (3) Community Development Planning
Evolution of development theory emphasizing the changing relationships among community, state and individuals. Development paradigms and alternative concepts of community. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 506 (3) The Legal Context of Planning
Legal principles affecting planning administration, separation of functions of government, Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian municipal and natural resource laws, nature and control of administrative action, judicial review of discretionary power, and drafting of legislation. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 507 (3) Regional Development Planning
Origins, theory, and practice of planning for regions in Canada and abroad. Types of planning regions, institutional forms for regional planning, regional disparities, and approaches to regional analysis. Resource frontiers, urban, amenity, and rural regions provide the policy context. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 508 (3) Foundations of Planning Theory and History
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 509 (2) Urbanism as a Global Way of Life
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 510 (2) Environment and Sustainability Concepts for Planning Practice
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 511 (3) Quantitative Reasoning and Statistics for Planning
Research design and statistics for the analysis of empirical issues in planning and policy studies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 513 (3) Economic Impact and Evaluation for Planning
Topics include economic base, income-expenditure, input-output, computer simulation, cost-benefit, goals achievement matrix and the planning balance sheet. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 514 (3) Impact Analysis for Planning
A planning-oriented approach to environmental impact assessment emphasizing institutional, procedural and methodological issues. The conceptual and systemic relationship among biophysical, social and economic impact assessment and the evolving relationship with community development planning. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 515 (3) Data for Planning Practice
Data collection and analysis in relation to professional practice and the scientific method. Questionnaire surveys and alternatives including secondary analysis, unobtrusive measures and client participation techniques. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 517 (3) Theory and Methods of Urban Design
Application of urban design theory to a neighbourhood design. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 519 (3/6) d Internships
Guided hands-on experience of day-to-day planning in a workplace environment. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 521 (3) Quantitative Skills for Planners
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 522 (2) Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 523 (2) The Profession of Planning
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 524 (2) Legal Concepts for Professional Planning
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 525 (2) Planning Practice Methods
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 526 (6) Selected Topics in Experimental Learning: The Planning Studio
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 527 (3-6) d Internship
Pass/Fail. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 528 (3/6) d Capstone Professional Report
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 530 (3) Affordable Housing Policy and Planning
The history of housing and homelessness policies as well as current issues and challenges faced by municipalities, regional governments, non-profit housing providers, and others. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 531 (3) Planning for Disaster-Resilient Communities
Natural disasters from the perspective of risk analysis, risk reduction, and planning for disaster-resilient communities. Focus primarily on Canada and the U.S. but includes disaster risk globally. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 532 (3) Strategic Planning: Developing and Implementing Policy Plans
Theory and practice of developing and implementing plans for sustainable regions, cities, and neighbourhoods. Combining land use, transportation, environment, socio-economic, and financial directions, managing plan making including public participation, and writing council reports. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 533 (3) Indigenous Planning: Ways of Being, Knowing and Doing
Indigenous world views; history of colonization in Canada; contemporary resurgence of Indigenous modes of planning. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 534 (1) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Theory, history and capabilities behind GIS, with customized laboratory exercises that incorporate urban design and planning themes. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 535 (3) Transportation Planning & Analysis
Foundations of urban travel modelling: data needs; survey and sampling techniques; model calibration and validation; discrete choice modeling; 4-step travel demand forecasting (trip generation, distribution, modal choice, and assignment); activity based models; integrated land use/transport models. Credit will be granted for only one of CIVL 441, CIVL 583, or PLAN 535. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 538 (3) Cross-Cultural Planning
Understanding of the visible landscapes of the multicultural city and less visible inner landscapes applicable to cross-cultural planning. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 539 (6) Social Learning Studio
Community development, gentrification theory, and social learning; engagement with community organizations. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 540 (3-12) d Planning Project
Group preparation and presentation of a professional report. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 542 (3) Practical Practice: City Planning as a Craft
Approach, role, style, and essential skills of practical urban planning: working at the community level; developing overall policy; managing development; undertaking urban design; and engaging in the political process. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 545 (3-12) d Planning Studies Abroad
An extended site visit outside Canada to understand the cultural context for community and regional planning issues and the local institutional response. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 547 (3/6) d Professional Project Report
Research and preparation of a professional project report on a planning topic in public policy or professional practice. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 548 (1-12) d Current Issues in Planning
Each year the school may offer one or more courses on a topical issue covering recent advances in the field. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 549 (6-12) c Master's Thesis
Research and preparation of a thesis on a topic in public policy or professional practice. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 550 (3-12) c Directed Studies
In special cases and with the approval of the Director of the school, a student may study an advanced topic under the direction of a faculty member. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 553 (3) Indigenous Law, Governance and Community Planning
Laws within which Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and particularly in British Columbia, live, and which impact their communities and Nations. How law and governance inform planning with Indigenous communities. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 558 (3) The Role of Theory in Planning Research
This course will be taken in the first term of the Master's program. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 559 (3) Design of Planning- and Policy-Oriented Research
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 560 (1) Master's Thesis Workshop
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 561 (3) Seminar in Real Property Development and Planning
Topics will vary. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 565 (1-12) d Current Issues in Real Property Development and Planning
Topics will vary. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 571 (3) Housing Policy and Practice in Cities of the Developing World
Housing development and government policy in cities of developing countries. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 572 (3) Project and Program Design in Developing Asian Countries
Development theories, the role of the state, the importance of political and social contexts, and the influence of foreign planning models. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 573 (3) Shelter and Services in Developing Countries
Human settlements paradigm in international development, especially in relation to urban poverty and enabling strategies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 575 (3) International Development Planning Seminar
Topics will vary. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 579 (3) Public Health, Transportation, and the Built Environment
Health issues associated with transportation and the built environment; design of urban form for non-motorized transportation for the improvement of personal and environmental health; factors that impact transportation choices; applying findings from research to specific transportation planning processes and projects. Credit will be granted for only one of PLAN 579 or SPPH 571. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: SPPH 571.
PLAN 580 (3) Urban Transportation Planning
Topics include the relationship between transportation and urban activity systems; analysis of supply and demand; accessibility and environment; institutional arrangements and public finance. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 581 (3) Urban Infrastructure Planning and Development
Policy considerations in the provision of infrastructure including the legal framework, institutional arrangements, and public finance. Planning considerations in drainage, waterworks, sewerage and waste management. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 582 (3/6) d Residential Site Planning Studio
Evaluation of neighbourhoods and projects, site analysis, housing types and densities, provision of community facilities and services, and the design of site plans. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 583 (3) Housing and Community Planning
The social, economic, political, and land use dimensions of Canadian housing in the context of demographic trends, housing demand, and affordability. Recent trends in housing policy and the role of the public and private sectors in housing supply. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 585 (3) Housing Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: PLAN 583.
PLAN 586 (3) Gender and Planning
Analysis of women's dual roles as users and creators of built environments and the comparative roles of men and women. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 587 (3-12) d Urban Design
A studio/seminar on the history of the physical form of cities and theories of city design. Topics include social impacts, heritage and environmental conservation, urban revitalization, and the legal and administrative instruments for the implementation of city designs. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 588 (3) Social Aspects of Urban Form
Exploration of how the urban built environment has been shaped by the actors in the development process. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 589 (3) Influencing the Policy Process
The evolution of policies through the legislative, regulatory and bureaucratic processes with an emphasis on the federal and provincial governments. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 590 (3) Plan Creation, Implementation, and Evaluation
Examines/evaluates issues related to (1) creating plans; (2) implementing plans; and (3) evaluating plans. This is an elective course for SCARP students that build upon foundational material on plan-making that students are exposed to during the completion of required coursework. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 591 (3) Land Use and Environmental Policy
Identify potential impacts of human land use activities on environmental systems; review policies in place at various levels of government in Canada (and elsewhere) that promote sustainable development and reduce negative impacts; assess effectiveness of those policies; design new policies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 592 (3) Urban Restructuring
The determinants of urban restructuring, including emerging theoretical perspectives and case studies of Canadian and foreign cities. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 593 (3) Resource Analysis for Regional Planning
An ecological approach to land use and resource analysis for regional planning covering inventory, classification, and alternative methods of analysis. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 595 (3) Facilitation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution for Planners
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 596 (3) Seminar on Environmental-Economic Systems
Relationships between economic activity and the biophysical environment. Topics include the assumptions and determinants underlying economic growth, market failure and traditional approaches to public intervention, the implications of alternatives such as the steady-state economy and sustainable development. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: PLAN 504.
PLAN 597 (3) Planning for Water Resources Management
The relationships among relevant bio-physical, socio-economic and institutional systems as applied to regional planning for watersheds, lakes, estuaries, coastal zones and international river basins. Water supply, waste disposal, fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, hydropower and flood control. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 599 (3) Environmental Policy Analysis
Determination of risks and values in environmental policy decisions. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 601 (3) Research Methods Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 602 (3) Planning Theory Advanced Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 603 (3) Ph.D. Colloquium
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
PLAN 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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