If you are interested in towns and cities and how they have changed and adapted over the years then this module should be of interest to you. The planning system has had a profound influence over the shape of our towns and cities over the last 150 years. Where does our planning system come from? What are its roots? What have been the influences that have helped to shape our contemporary planning system? History is important as it helps us to understand the present. To understand our current planning system it is important to understand how we got here.
This is the first half of a 20-credit module that provides an introduction to urban and regional planning. This first part of the module focuses on the historical factors that led to the emergence of urban and regional planning as a form of public policy. The module is historically theme based and explores the factors that have shaped the contemporary planning system. These themes will provide a window in which we can look at the evolving nature of our towns and cities and the role that planning has played in this process.