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GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
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
  • 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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
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