Spring 2022 - PLAN 100 D100

Introduction to Planning (3)

Class Number: 7913

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby



Students will be exposed to a broad overview of the field of planning. The course will introduce students to the role of a planner while exploring the practice of planning (human settlements and community planning) in varying contexts within Canada and internationally. Students with credit for PLAN 200 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Introduction to planning theory, concepts and practice. Evolution of approaches and frameworks in planning from early civilizations through to the modern professionalization of planning in the late 19th century through to today. Introductory overview of planning sub-fields: urban and regional planning, urban design, transportation, environmental, and sustainable urban infrastructure. The course will examine effective and meaningful public participation in planning including BIPOC communities and integrating Equity-Diversity-Inclusion throughout planning’s life cycle.  The “role of the professional planner”, planning ethics as well as job opportunities in the public, private, and NGO sectors will be reviewed.


After completing PLAN 100, students will be able to:

  • Identify the multifaceted roles and ethical responsibilities of a planner;
  • Describe the role of planning in various contexts;
  • Identify and describe core planning theories and tools;
  • Describe the environmental and social impact of diverse planning interventions and scenarios;
  • Work effectively in a team setting to investigate planning problems.


  • Participation (online) 15%
  • Mid-term test 20%
  • Assignments 65%



Gerald Hodge and David Gordon. 2020. Planning Canadian Communities, 7th Edition. Nelson.
Available from SFU bookstore: http://www.sfu.ca/bookstore/coursematerials


Online readings will be made available on Blackboard to download.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.