GEOG 2135 - Urban Futures
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
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 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I 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; different ways of experiencing the city; 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 2019 Lecture and SGD times and locations
Course Learning OutcomesKnowledge
- Demonstrated understanding of key theories of urbanisation and urban change.
- Demonstrated understanding of concepts and debates in urban studies.
- Key issues facing Australian and selected overseas cities.
- Critical understanding of current urban policies and programs.
- Locate, synthesise and critically engage with urban research.
- Ability to identify, locate and analyse primary data sources.
- High level written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work constructively in large and small groups.
- 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
7,8,9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
There are no required text books for this course. The course makes considerable use of recently published journal articles.
All required reading will be available in MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Resources
Students are encouraged to make use of the following books – all are available in the Barr
Gottdiener, M., Budd, L., and Lehtovuori, P. (2016). Key Concepts in Urban Studies. Los Angeles: SAGE
Harding, A., Blokland, T. (2014). Urban Theory: A critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Seto, K., Solecki, W., and Griffith, C. (2016). The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. London: Routldege.
Short., JR. (2014). Urban theory: A critical assessment. London: Palgrave Macmillan Education.
Australian Geographer Cities
City Environment & Urbanization
Health and Place Housing Policy Debate
Housing Studies International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Journal of Urban Affairs Local Environment
Professional Geographer Progress in Human Geography
Social and Cultural Geography Sustainable Cities and Society
Urban Ecosystems Urban Geography
Urban Policy and Research Urban Studies
Online LearningThis course makes extensive use of MyUni for communication and delivery of course materials.
All online lectures, and required SGD reading and resources will be made available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesPrimary modes of learning in this course will be:
- On-line and face-to-face lectures
- Small Group Discovery Experience
- Assignment preparation
- Peer engagement
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 44 hours per week on her/his studies during teaching periods.
This course, will require an average of 12 hours of work per week including Lectures and Small Group Discovery contact time. Assignments, reading and SGD preparation have been calculated on this basis.
Learning Activities SummaryThis information is a guide only and will be subject to change. SGD's will relate to the previous week's lecture materials
Week Lecture Topic SGD
1 Introduction and overview of urban geography No session
2 Power: theorising urbanisation and urban change No Session
3 Cities and economic change Power and the Urbanisation
4 Global cities or Globalising Cities City branding and event based growth
5 Housing tenure: Producing the 'dream' Governing housing and alternative tenures
6 Household change and housing diversity Future Housing: Housing Choice
7 Mobility and transport: Explaining automobility Governing urban mobility
8 Sustainable transport Impacts and implications of autonomous vehicles
9 Environmental consequences of urban life Greening Cities
10 Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Forming environmental subjectivities
11 Urban governance and Planning Engaging communities
12 City futures Course summary and exam revision
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 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.
Participation, SGD preparation and Quizzes: 30%
Major Assignment (Literature Review) or Take Home Exam: 40%
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Tutorial Participation mark (10%) has been replaced by an Online Engagement mark (10%).
The mark will be based on students’ demonstrated engagement with the lecture material and reading and their contribution (written or verbal responses, questions, comments, clarifications) to the Discussion Board OR Zoom Meetings OR a combination of both (as set out above).
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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