Introduction to Development Planning

20 - 25 February 2017: An introductory overview of the developing field of trans-disciplinary and integrated development planning to promote sustainability. This includes an examination of the international, African and South African planning context, and the introduction of new planning language, procedures, techniques and tools that are being used in the management of the built environment, environment, social, economic and institutional development.

This introductory planning module provides participants with an introductory overview of the developing field of trans-disciplinary and integrated development planning to promote sustainability. This includes an examination of the international, African and South African planning context, and the introduction of new planning language, procedures, techniques and tools that are being used in the management of the built environment, environment, social, economic and institutional development. The course will also give an overview of substantive, procedural and normative theoretical planning models, and ethical dilemmas in professional practice. Main themes are: - An introduction to sustainable development and planning concepts and language, concepts such as social capital, social-ecological systems and resilience, sustainable livelihoods, capabilities, right-based development and planning - planning within a globalised world and the role of markets versus the role of states, as well as the limits of planning - planning as "the official story" versus "insurgent planning" and an overview of various models and typologies of planning (rational, comprehensive, incremental, mixed scanning, implementation-orientated, strategic, advocacy, transactive/ social learning, equity, critical pragmatist, Marxist, radical, communicative/ collaborative) - the role of informality and participation in planning and development, processes; social learning, and conflict transformation - the role of spatial planning within an integrated planning process, regional and rural planning and the planning of sustainable human settlements - planning tools and instruments for dealing with complex and "wicked" problems such as urbanisation, migration, poverty, social exclusion, inequity, inequitable and inefficient urban form and degradation of the built and natural environment (such as the South African Integrated Development Planning concept, Local Agenda 21 planning and City Development Strategies).