This course is a general introduction to the concept, theory and practice of urban planning. It aims to acquaint students with the historical antecedents of modern town planning in India and the world, to introduce them to planning frameworks, instruments and strategies in different contexts, and to engage them in discussion of a wide range of contemporary urban planning issues. Through readings of a broad range of texts in the field, lectures by the instructor and guest faculty, and class discussions, students are introduced to the ways in which Indian cities have been planned, the outcomes of planning processes, and to the challenges facing urban planners today.

 The course is divided into three parts.

 The first part deals with what is urban planning, what are its basic concepts, under what demographic, spatial, political, social and economic conditions it emerged and evolved. This part discusses the basic principles/guidelines for planning of urban infrastructure and the conflicts and contradictions within the legislative framework, the institutional and governance framework for urban planning as currently practiced in India.

 The second part deals with the theories in and of planning; the ones that have emerged in the west and concepts that are now emerging from the global South. This section will also deliberate upon the current debates, challenges in and the future of urban planning as a discipline.

 The third part examines the processes of planning on the ground, which will be based on analysing actual interventions and outcomes, existing development plans and spatial planning instruments for urban areas and understanding actors, institutions, tools, outcomes

The course is related to several other courses that are taught in UPG - perspectives on space, urban governance, south Asian urbanisation and cities, urban transport and planning concentration.