GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Environmental Geography and Planning major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Geographical Sciences; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • 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
Over 55% of the world's population currently lives in cities. This is expected to rise to 70% by 2050, making urbanisation one of the most significant trends of the 21st century. The global trend in urbanisation has brought with it increased wealth as cities generate 80% of the word's economy. Yet, when poorly planned and managed, urbanization generates inequalities and has already left a billion people living in slums with inadequate and often precarious living conditions. Urbanisation and the political, cultural and economic structures that sustain urban life are key drivers of global environmental change. If steered and deployed correctly, however, urbanisation can help the world overcome some of its major global challenges including poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, climate change, fragility and conflict.
The unit introduces the key strategic overview of urban planning theory, philosophy and practice, including: urban cultures, urban infrastructures and transportation, social change and social justice, urban and regional economies, governance and urban ecology. Students will have the opportunity to link theory and practice through real-world projects.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply core geographical concepts regarding human and physical processes; (2) develop a primary geographical data set through analysis of transport data; (3) analyse and effectively communicate spatial
demographic and environmental data; (4) demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills through working in groups on problem-based learning and research scenarios; and (5) evaluate the nature, implications and sustainability of human and environment interactions.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) lab portfolio; and (3) fieldwork group asssessment. 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 Linda Robson
Contact hours
lectures:1 hour per week from week 1 to 12; tutorials: 2 hours per week from week 2 to 12; field work: up to 8 hours in week 3
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.