Course Descriptions PLAN 5000   Planning Studio 1
CREDIT HOURS: 6
The studio introduces land planning and development. The course investigates fundamental aspects of planning in community and environmental context in the urban region. Specific community projects are used to explore the procedural, physical, social and polemical context for decision making; to apply skills in information gathering, analysis, and synthesis; to develop communication techniques. The course will concentrate on documenting the existing situation, formulating strategies for intervention, developing concepts and plans, and assessing the consequences of proposed changes.
FORMAT:
  • Seminar
  • Studio

FORMAT COMMENTS: Studio/seminar, 6 hours
RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students or permission of instructor

PLAN 5005   Cities and the Environment in History
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The contemporary landscape reflects a long history of human activities on the land, and design and planning interventions through time. Civilizations rise and fall, often because of their degradation of the ecosystems that support them. This course examines the relationship of cities with the environment to enhance our understanding of landscape change, urban form, and patterns in human settlements through the ages.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture/seminar, 3 hours
CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3005.03

PLAN 5012   Reading the City
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Any city reflects the history of its topography, cultural traditions, and design interventions. This course introduces the principles, theories, and methods of urban form analysis in the local urban context. Students explore the local urban environment to interpret what the city means, and how it comes to take the shape it does.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3002.03

PLAN 5015   Site Infrastructure
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course examines the role of infrastructure in community design and site planning. Students are introduced to principles of grading, access, service provision, and cost estimating. Key exercises allow students to apply theory to practical projects.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Lab

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3015.03

PLAN 5020   Landscape Design
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course introduces principles and methods of site design. It pays special attention to social, natural, and technical components as factors in adapting sites for human use. Practical projects allow students to develop deeper insight into the challenges and opportunities of landscape design.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Lab

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3020.03

PLAN 5025   Representation in Design
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course explores techniques of representation in community design work. It examines design drawing conventions such as orthographic, paraline, and perspective projections. It helps students develop their awareness of design approaches and their skills in design presentation.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Lab

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3025.03

PLAN 5035   Application of Planning Law
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course explores the application of planning law in the field of community-planning. It introduces students to the legal processes and statutory requirements for land use planning in Canada, with particular reference to Nova Scotia.
FORMAT: Lecture
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Master of Planning program
CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 4035.03

PLAN 5040   Reading the Suburbs
CREDIT HOURS: 3
An increasing proportion of Canadians live in the suburbs. This course explores issues related to planning and designing the suburbs, and develops techniques for analyzing and developing community form in the suburban environment.
FORMAT: Lecture
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3040.03

PLAN 5050   Topics in Community Design
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides opportunities to examine selected topical issues in community design.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3050.03

PLAN 5051   Topics in Community Design 2
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides opportunities to examine selected topical issues in community design.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3051.03

PLAN 5052   Topics in Community Design 3
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides opportunities to examine selected topical issues in community design.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3052.03

PLAN 5053   Topics in Community Design 4
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides opportunities to examine selected topical issues in community design.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3053.03

PLAN 5101   History and Philosophy of Planning
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course offers an intensive examination of traditions, ideas, and philosophies that provide an underpinning to contemporary planning. The course traces the historic development of modern planning (since the late 19th century), and examines the philosophical foundations of the planning profession.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students or permission of instructor

PLAN 5102   Planning Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course explores the role of the planner and the planning process through lectures, seminars and case studies. The focus is on understanding the institutional framework for planning, including social, political, and economic dimensions; examining approaches to community involvement, negotiation, and policy formulation; and developing effective communication skills. It will consider significant current issues facing planners (including ethical questions).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students, or permission of instructor

PLAN 5104   Planning Law
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course introduces the legislation, case law, and government authority applicable to planning and development control. Zoning and subdivision controls, development control, expropriation, planning appeals and the process of establishing and implementing plans will be examined. Attention is paid to the roles of all the primary players in planning: private citizens, special interest groups, corporations and municipal, provincial and federal government departments.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students, or permission of instructor. Note: This course is offered by the Faculty of Law

PLAN 5115   Social Justice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This is a seminar exploring principles and theories of social justice as they apply to planning practice and research. The course is designed to develop an understanding of how theoretical understandings of equity, diversity, inclusiveness, affordability and social justice influence planning processes, plans, and policies. Students will study specific tools and strategies that municipalities, non-profit and community-based organizations and other actors use to address complex and long-standing issues of social justice. Students will engage with and respond to a variety of guest lecturers, videos, films and other resources.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
LAB HOURS PER WEEK: 0
TUTORIAL HOURS PER WEEK: 0
CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 3115
RESTRICTIONS: Students must have completed 60 credit hours to enroll in this course.

PLAN 5201   Work Term
CREDIT HOURS: 0
The work term provides an opportunity for students to integrate practical work experience within the educational environment. A student must complete a work term of not fewer than 15 weeks (at least 500 hours) in an employment placement approved by the School of Planning. The student maintains a work journal during the work term, and prepares a synthesis paper at the end of the work term reflecting on the lessons learned during the work term. The student makes a presentation within the School upon completion of the work.
RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students

PLAN 5303   Planning Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course introduces methods used in planning. This may include spatial analysis, population forecasting, survey methods, computer tools, and other appropriate techniques.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students or permission of instructor
EXCLUSIONS: PLAN 5301.015

PLAN 5304   Planning Research Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course provides an overview of planning and research methods and research design. This includes techniques for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to data collection and analysis. Each student will develop a proposal for conducting an independent planning project.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students or permission of instructor
EXCLUSIONS: PLAN 5302.015

PLAN 5500   Planning Studio 2
CREDIT HOURS: 6
The studio continues the lessons of Studio 1. The studio adopts an environmental perspective in approaching planning issues and challenges. The course will concentrate on techniques of evaluating the suitability of land for proposed land uses, and methods of assessing the impacts of proposed planning policies and developments on landscapes.
FORMAT:
  • Seminar
  • Studio

PREREQUISITES: PLAN 5000
RESTRICTIONS: Master of Planning students or permission of instructor