GEOG 2135 - Urban Futures

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2135
    Course Urban Futures
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    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 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Bonham

    Dr Jennifer Bonham
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    Knowledge

    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.



    Skills

    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)
    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
    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
    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
    1,2,3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There are no required text books for this course. The course make considerable use of recently published journal articles.
    All required reading will be uploaded or linked into MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Books
    Davies, J.S., Imbroscio, D.L., Stone, C.N. (2010). Critical Urban Studies: New Directions. New York: State University of New York Press.
    (BSL – Online resource).
    Douglas, I (2013) Cities : An Environmental History. New York: I.B. Tauris (On-line resource)
    Gregory, D. (2009). Dictionary of Human Geography. Malden, US: Blackwell. (BSL – Online resource).
    Harding, A., Blokland, T. (2014). Urban Theory: A critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century.  London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
    Pacione, M. (2009). Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (Third edition). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
    Paddison, R. (2009). Handbook of Urban Studies. London: SAGE Publications (BSL – Online resource).

    Key Journals                 
    Cities                                                                     
    Environment & Urbanization            
    Geoforum                                             
    Geography Compass                        
    Geographical Journal                       
    Geographical Research                   
    Health and Place                                                
    Housing Policy
    Housing Studies                                 
    International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
    Journal of Urban Affairs                    
    Local Environment                                     
    Urban Geography                                              
    Urban Policy and Research
    Urban Studies                                                     


    Online Learning
    This course makes extensive use of MyUni for communication and delivery of course materials.
    All online lectures, tutorial readings and additional resource materials will be uploaded to and should be accessed via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Primary modes of learning in this course will be online lectures, case-study reading (tutorials), facilitated tutorial discussion, assignment preparation, peer engagement. Students will be allocated reading and will be required to read and report back to the class on their article/chapter.

    Workload

    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. Urban Futures, being a 3-unit course, will require 12 hours of work per week including class-time. Assignments and readings have been calculated on this basis.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The following Topics will be delivered via online lectures and discussed in tutorial sessions

    Introduction: and overview of urban studies

    Topic 1: Explaining urbanisation: Urban order, conditions and change I  

    Topic 2: National urban systems and global urban networks
     
    Topic 3: Urban governance: Policy and planning Urban governance and the politics of micro-spaces

    Topic 4: Sustainable Cities: Mobility, Housing, Public space
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will have the opportunity to explore one of the topic areas in depth for a selected city (determined in conjunction with the course coordinator).
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1 (30%)
    1.1. Participation  10%
    1.2. Course quizzes 20%

    Assignment 2: Group Assignment (presentation based) - (30%)
    Students will select one of the following formats: Debate, Field Trip (Devise and conduct a class field trip), Innovation (present on an urban innovation - e.g. infrastructure, social-community facility/service)

    Assignment 3: Discovery project OR take home exam (40%)
    Discovery project - research and write a report on a selected city (determined in conjunction with the course coordinator)
    Take home exam - 48 hours to complete an exam with short answer, quiz and essay components

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    This course was previously run in 2013 and students enjoyed the range of topics covered, the lively tutorial discussions and the variety and nature of assessment.  

    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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