Geography, Urban and Regional Planning (GURP) is an interdisciplinary activity. As a profession, it represents a wide spectrum of specialization ranging from pure design to pure social analysis. It is viewed that the Department will contribute to the needs of Nigeria, in the foreseeable future. This calls for unique kind of planners that are sufficiently competent in both design and socio-economic analysis, to be able to function independently, as to solve planning problems. To this effect, the programme will be a blend of design and analysis, theory and practice. It will also be concerned with the formulation of design, implementation and monitoring of land use plans and policies at local, urban and regional levels.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME
The philosophy of BURP programme is to produce corporate Geographers, Urban and Regional Planners with broad knowledge, skills and expertise for human settlement analysis and management.
Students would be trained in relevant courses in planning theory and principles, and also acquire analytical skills and techniques from a broad spectrum of related disciplines: Geography, Economics, Sociology or Architecture, Mathematics, etc. and later students will begin to specialize in substantive areas of planning and choose from a range of general electives.
The goals of the undergraduate course of study are:
1. To provide a broad based education and training which will assist in developing the students’ intellectual and professional capacities to a high standard.
2. To provide a sound generalist professional planner, who can operate effectively in the field of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning (GURP) and related activities
The objectives include the following:
i. The development of students understanding of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning (GURP) by the study of theories, methods and techniques for planning, designing and managing land use activities and environment.
ii. Assisting students to acquire constructive developmental understanding of the social, economic, technological and legislative frameworks of society within the “Physical” and “other” planning processes in operation and of the potential capacities of that framework for more coherent and relevant collaborative policy formulation and implementation.
iii. Providing students with varied practical experience of realistic planning problems and encouraging the students to develop interest in particular planning skills and research methods.