This course explores contemporary issues facing the professional planner working in an increasingly diverse and complex society. Various cultural, social and environmental issues that challenge different groups' sense of belonging and claims to the city are examined. These groups include ethnic communities, children, the aged, women, people with disabilities, gays and lesbians, Aborigines and homeless people. Students are encouraged to question their own prejudices and values as they develop better understandings of the needs of these groups. The ability of the planning system to respond is explored, as are creative and inter-disciplinary approaches that can be facilitated by urban planners.