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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

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.


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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.