URBD5803 Sustainability and Cities

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then 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.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
Recently the world's urban population reached 50 per cent of the world's total, and by 2050 this will likely increase to two-thirds. While cities are hubs of innovation and culture, they also use over two-thirds of global energy and produce around 70% carbon emissions, as well as other forms of air pollution. Cities also use vast quantities of fresh water and materials which in turn creates solid, liquid wastes, airborne pollution, affecting human health and destroying natural systems. This unit seeks to: convey an advanced level of understanding of the sustainable development challenges facing humanity in general, and cities in particular, including energy and climate change, resource depletion, water scarcity; and prepare students to apply theories and tools to manage the transition to sustainable urban development.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) interpret the impact on urban theory of the body of literature related to environmental awareness and sustainable development; (2) demonstrate an advanced appreciation of cities as complex urban systems; (3) demonstrate a critical awareness of the challenges of growth in a world constrained by climate change, resource scarcity and biodiversity loss; (4) evaluate the sustainability performance of buildings and precincts; and (5) apply the principles of sustainability and resilience to the urban design process.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) reports; and (3) seminar presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Adjunct Professor Bill Grace
Contact hours
36 hours
Note
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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