This degree - one of only three Victorian undergraduate planning courses accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia - gives you the opportunity to shape communities and establish peaceful, productive and environmentally sustainable places to live. You'll explore a range of ways to improve how we live and interact, from policy planning and local politics to urban design and transport. Articulating a vision and promoting the benefits of change are important to effective planning. That's why we focus on communication skills like mediation, negotiation and community relations as part of this course. Another core aspect of your studies will be travelling to communities to learn and evaluate what works and what doesn't. Our students participate in field trips to a range of locations, from country towns in rural Victoria to metropolitan cities in Asia and Europe. Throughout your degree, you'll take part in hands-on projects, including semester-long activities and short visits to communities. This type of experience goes beyond a work placement or research project, giving you the chance to make a genuine difference within a community. Just one example is the bicycle path from our Bendigo Campus to the Bendigo Hospital - a student-led project that was commended in the Outstanding Tertiary Student Project Borrie Prize, which celebrates practice, leadership and achievement in planning.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
A local representative of La Trobe University in Singapore is available online to assist you with enquiries about this course.