ENVPL301-19B (HAM)

Planning for Sustainability

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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Paper Description

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To provide an understanding of the key themes and practices relating to the implementation of sustainability; and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to critically appraise sustainability policies and procedures.
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Paper Structure

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The structure is lecture based. The main teaching will occur before the semester break, and the assessments are due in the second half of the course. The course is structured to allow you more time when the assessments are due.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • explore the conflicts involved in linking the built and natural environments;
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  • appreciate different theories relating to sustainability;
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  • consider a range of contemporary sustainability problems;
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  • have a clear understanding of the principles of sustainability and its complex application.
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There are 2 essays and an exam
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay 1
2 Sep 2019
3:00 PM
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
2. Essay 2
30 Sep 2019
3:00 PM
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Week 1:

Cronon, W. (1993) The Uses of Environmental History. Environmental History Review, 17 (3): pp: 1-22.

Hough, M. (2006) Cities and Natural Process, Routledge, London – Chapter 1

Week 2:

Boykov, M. T., Boykov, J. M. (2004) Balance as bias: global warming and the U.S. prestige press. Global Environmental Change 14(2), 125–136

Wheeler, S. and Beatley, T. (2009) The Sustainable Urban Development Reader, Routledge, London. –Chapters ‘Towards Sustainable Development’ and ‘The Rio Declaration’

Week 3:

Pepper, D. (1996) Modern Environmentalism, Routledge London – Chapter 1

Week 4:

Rydin, Y. (2011) The Purpose of Planning, The Policy Press: Bristol. Chapter 1.

Carter, J. And White, I. (2013) Environmental Planning in an Age of Uncertainty: the Case of the Water Framework Directive, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 113, pp:

Week 5:

White, I. (2010) Water and the City, Routledge: London. Chapter 3.


Houghton, J. (2009) Global Warming, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. Chapters 1 and 2. Ebook

Week 6:

Hino, M., Field, C. B., & Mach, K. J. (2017). Managed retreat as a response to natural hazard risk. Nature Climate Change, 7(5), 364-370. 10.1038/nclimate3252

Benedict, M. A. And McMahon, E. T. (2006) Green Infrastructure, Island Press: Washington. Chapters 1 and 3.Ebook.

Week 7:

Waikato Regional Economic Development Programme

Week 8:

Auckland Sustainable Transport Plan: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/transport-plans-strategies/legacy-strategies-plans/sustainable-transport-plan/

Week 9:

Wheeler, S. and Beatley, T. (2009) The Sustainable Urban Development Reader, Routledge, London. –Chapter ‘Planning for Sustainability in European Cities: A review of Practices in Leading Cities’

Week 10

Guy, S. and Marvin, S. (1999) 'Understanding Sustainable Cities: Competing Urban Futures', European Urban and Regional Studies, 6 (3): 268-75

Week 11:

Wheeler, S. and Beatley, T. (2009) The Sustainable Urban Development Reader, Routledge, London. –Chapter ‘Principles of Green Architecture’

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Other Resources

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Subject Headings
Land use--Planning.
City planning.
Regional planning.
Regional planning--Environmental aspects.
City planning--Environmental aspects.
City planning--Social aspects.
Urbanization--Environmental aspects.
Environmental policy.

Journal titles

Australian Planner

Canadian Journal of Urban Research (1 year embargo)


Environment and Planning A

Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

Environment and planning. D, Society & Space

European Planning Studies

Journal of Geography and Regional Planning

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

Journal of Planning History

Journal of Planning Literature

Journal of the American Planning Association

Local Environment

Planning & Environmental Law

Planning Practice and Research

Planning Theory

Progress in Planning

Planning Quarterly (NZ - print only) Indexed in INNZ

Urban Policy and Research

Sage’s Urban Studies and Planning Collection (Available via the Sage full-text collections). This collection includes the full text of 14 peer-reviewed journals published by Sage and participating societies

  • Dialogues in Human Geography
  • Economic Development Quarterly: The Journal of American Economic Revitalization
  • Education and Urban Society
  • Environment and Urbanization
  • Environment and Urbanization ASIA
  • European Urban and Regional Studies
  • International Journal of Rural Management
  • International Regional Science Review
  • Journal of Planning Education and Research
  • Journal of Planning History
  • Journal of Planning Literature: Incorporating The CPL Bibliographies
  • Journal of Urban History
  • Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
  • Planning Theory
  • Progress in Human Geography
  • Progress in Physical Geography: An International Review of Geographical Work in the Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • The Journal of Environment & Development: A Review of International Policy
  • Tourist Studies: An International Journal
  • Urban Affairs Review
  • Urban Education
  • Urban Studies: An International Journal of Research in Urban Studies
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Online Support

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This paper will be supported online via Moodle. Some readings and lecture notes will be made available on Moodle.
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This paper is held in the B Semester. It has up to three contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend all sessions and complete the required readings. The total hours of work per course (including lectures) should be 200 or about 14 hours a week over the semester including study recess. This includes attending lectures, completing assessed work, discussing work with lecturer during office hours, and reading.
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