GEOG 2135 - Urban Futures
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2135 Course Urban Futures Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study Incompatible GEST 2035, GEST 2020 or GEST 3020 Course Description More than half the world's population live in cities, making humanity a predominantly urban species. Drawing on Australian and international examples, this course explores the processes, potentialities and problems of urbanisation. It introduces students to different ways of explaining growth and change within cities; the diversity which exists across cities; and how urban inequalities - such as in housing - are exacerbated and addressed. Students will examine the environmental consequences of urbanisation, prospects for creating sustainable cities and the role of urban governance in securing social and environmental justice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer BonhamDr Jennifer Bonham
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Please check Course Planner for any changes in tutorials, lecture/tutorial class sizes and availability of places in each class
Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13368 LE01 90 2 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 2pm - 3pm Barr Smith South, 534, Forum
3 Mar - 7 Apr Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
27 Apr - 8 Jun Monday 2pm - 3pm Barr Smith South, 534, Forum
28 Apr - 9 Jun Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13370 TU02 18 2 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 3pm - 4pm Hughes, 111b, Tutorial Room
27 Apr - 8 Jun Monday 3pm - 4pm Hughes, 111b, Tutorial Room
13371 TU03 18 4 Mar - 8 Apr Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Nexus10, UB36, Seminar Rm 1R
29 Apr - 10 Jun Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Nexus10, UB36, Seminar Rm 1R
13372 TU04 18 2 Mar - 6 Apr Monday 4pm - 5pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Suite
27 Apr - 8 Jun Monday 4pm - 5pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Suite
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Critical understanding of the key approaches (theoretical frameworks) used in the study of urbanisation and urban change.
2. Concepts and debates in urban studies.
3. Key issues facing Australian and selected overseas cities.
4. Critical understanding of current urban policies and programs.
5. Locate, synthesise and critically engage with urban research.
6. Ability to identify, locate and analyse primary data sources.
7. High level written and verbal communication skills.
8. Team work.
9. Construct and communicate logical and appropriately supported arguments.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5,6,7,8,9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 8,9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,3,8
There are no required text books for this course. All required reading will be uploaded or linked into MyUni.
Gregory D (2009) Dictionary of Human Geography Malden, US: Blackwell
Pacione M (2009) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3rd edition) Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Online LearningMyUni is a key resource in this course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Primary modes of learning in this course will be interactive face-to-face and on-line lectures, case-study reading (tutorials), facilitated tutorial discussion, assignment preparation, peer engagement. Students will be allocated one article/book chapter each week and will be required to read and report back to the class on their article/chapter.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.While the relative proportion of contact and non-contact time may vary from course to course, a full-time student should expect to spend, on average, about 40 hours per week on her/his studies during teaching periods. This course, being a 3-unit course, will require 10 hours of work per week including class-time. Assignments and readings have been calculated on this basis.
Learning Activities SummaryThis information is a guide only and will be subject to change. Lectures which fall on public holidays will be replaced with online interactive materials.
Week Lecture Topic Tutorial Topic
Wk1: 2/3March Introduction and overview of urban studies: No tutorial
Issues, approaches, questions, and explanations
Wk2: 9/10 March Theorising urbanisation and urban change I Public holiday, online lectures and online tutorial
Wk3: 16/17 March Cities: economic growth centres Urbanized
Wk4: 23/24 March National urban systems and global urban networks Global urban events and their aftermath
Wk5: 30/31 March Housing policies and issues Home ownership: whose dream?
Wk6: 2/7 April Housing diversity Gated communities
Wk7: 27/28 April Urban governance Debate: engaging communities
Wk8: 4/5 May Urban policy and contemporary planning Field Trip
Wk9: 11/12 May Mobility, access and transport Active travel and urban form
Wk10: 18/19 May Environmental consequences of urban life Forming environmental subjects
Wk11: 25/26 May Pathways to sustainability: Urban agriculture Sociality or food security
Wk12: 1/2 June The future of our cities/course summary No tutorial
Wk6: 9/12 April
Urban governance: policy and planning
Debate: Participatory planning
Mid-semester break 15-26 April
Wk7: 30 April/
Ordering urban environments and managing ‘problem’ populations
The politics of micro-spaces
Wk8: 7/10 May
Mobility, access and transport I: Infrastructure and social relations of mobility
Field Trip: Changing Adelaide - Equity, Diversity, Sustainability
Wk9: 14/17 May
Mobility, access and transport II: Social and environmental issues
Urban form, access and sustainability
Wk10: 21/24 May
Environmental consequences of urban life: Measuring and monitoring sustainability
Forming carbon subjects
Wk11: 28/31 May
Pathways to sustainability: Urban agriculture and housing
Normalising sustainable urbanism
Wk12: 4/7 June
The future of our cities
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe Debate and the Field Trip are key Small Group Discovery Experiences as students will work in small teams to conduct research for a either a debate or a field trip.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment Related Requirements
Students must complete and submit all components of assessment. Students who do not submit and complete all components of assessment will be given a fail grade for the course.
Task sheets and marking criteria will be made available on MyUni.
SubmissionSubmission details will be outlined in the assignment tasks sheets and these task sheets will be made available on MyUni at the beginning of Semester 1.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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Students raised issues about the level of feedback on assignments and the amount of material covered in a short amount of time.
To address these issues the following changes have been made:
- the course now includes a quiz in week 6 so students can judge whether they have grasped key concepts
- assessment has been more evenly spaced across the semester so that students can receive timely feedback
- lecture material will be slightly reduced and interactive (Articulate story line) power points will be uploaded after lectures so that students can engage with lecture material to reinforce their learning
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