University of Technology Sydney

15603 Strategic Planning

Requisite(s): 15604 Local Government Principles and Practice OR 49460 Local Government Management Principles and Practice 1 OR 15608 Organising and Managing in Local Government OR 49277 Corporate Planning and Management
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



This subject is an elective in the Master of Local Government (C04257), Graduate Diploma in Local Government (C06033) and Graduate Certificate in Development Assessment (C11204).

Strategic planning focuses on the future, how to set appropriate goals and ways to achieve them. This subject explores strategic planning processes and analyses the factors that contribute to the sustainable functioning of organisations. The origins of strategic planning and the differences between public and private sector organisations, including the place of public value, are explored.

Nationally, local government has been increasingly embracing strategic planning processes. This subject takes a multidisciplinary approach that recognises the many different strands of strategic planning in modern local government. The context that strategic planning operates within, including the legislation framework, concepts and approaches, are analysed.

This subject provides students with skills to analyse and develop strategies that anticipate and respond to local issues in the local context. Students obtain an expanded understanding of strategic planning concepts and approaches and ways to synthesise their application to council plans. Strategic thinking is utilised to develop these skills. Students benefit from the opportunity to analyse their own strategic planning processes and evaluate approaches that strengthen strategic planning practice. Case studies of local, national and international approaches and how these may inform local responses are considered.

Typical availability

Autumn, Spring session, City campus

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