GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Natural Resource Management; Geographical Sciences; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
One of the major environmental and social challenges facing humanity is the rapid growth of global cities in fragile ecological settings, particularly those in coastal areas. This unit therefore focuses on the development of urban environments and their relationship to both society and the natural context within which they are found, with the coastal context providing a unifying theme. The processes being examined within the unit are the essential drivers of globalisation, including migration, economic development, resource usage and sustainability. Case studies will involve cities at an international scale, including both the developed and developing world, in order to provide detailed comparison and identification of the contrasting outcomes of urbanisation for human societies. This reflects the expertise of the teaching staff who have undertaken work in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the USA in addition to Australia. This unit therefore specifically and directly addresses globalised and culturally diverse environments within which graduates will be living and working.

The unit is designed to encourage reflective thinking and participatory activity on behalf of all students. Through a strong and consistent process of using examples and case studies to illustrate and amplify issues, coupled with a high priority on fieldwork and out of class activities, this pedagogical approach to active learning will achieve the learning outcomes whilst also providing a high quality learning experience for all student backgrounds.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) gain knowledge of core concepts in geography, planning, sustainability and environmental sciences and apply them to the development of culturally and globally diverse urban environments; (2) gain knowledge of the interaction between society and landscape resulting in the contemporary form and functions of cities at the global scale; (3) gain experience in leadership and teamwork through group work focusing on the sustainable development and usage of urban areas; and (4) debate and report on options for managing specific problems in globally and culturally diverse urban environments.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) four assignments relating to the tutorial program, each worth 15 per cent and (2) field work report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week from week 1 to 8; tutorials: 3 hours per week from week 2 to 12; field work: 8 hours on week 8
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