GEOG 5093 - Introduction to Urbanisation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5093 Course Introduction to Urbanisation Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week. Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) Course Description The majority of the world?s population now lives in cities. The process of urbanisation continues to accelerate and the development and maintenance of cities represents a substantial challenge for society and government in the developed and developing world alike. Recent research has also emphasised the important role cities play in driving productivity growth. Urban growth generates substantial demands for infrastructure and other investment, and creates the opportunity for new forms of social interaction, economic development and community engagement. This course introduces students to the major drivers of urban growth and change in cities in the developed and developing world, and the strategies used by governments to both better manage and direct that growth. It considers the role of formal planning regimes in directing both growth and decline and considers important concepts in urban analysis, including social justice, gender equity, demographic transition and sustainability. Through the course students will be introduced to the historical legacy and traditions of planning as a profession, current trends in planning policies and the relationship between land use planning and other forms of government intervention in the economy and society.
Course Coordinator: Andrew Beer
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Identify and understand the major drivers of urban growth historically and in the current era 2 Describe the major tools used to manage urban growth 3 Demonstrate familiarity with key planning terms 4 Demonstrate knowledge of key sources in the planning literature 5 Have the ability to search and analyse critical source of information for planning 6 Demonstrate an understanding of professional norms and aspirations within the planning profession
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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. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Recommended ResourcesDepartment of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2014 The Evolution of Australian Towns, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
Brendan Gleeson 2010 Lifeboat Cities, UNSW Press, Kensington.
Peter Hall and Mark Tewdr Jones (2010) Urban and Regional Planning; London: Routledge.
Peter Hall and Ulrich Pfeiffer (2013)Urban Future 21: a Global Agenda for Twenty-First Century Cities. London: Routledge. 2nd edition.
Peter Hall and Colin Ward (1998)Sociable Cities: Legacy of Ebenezer Howard. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Storper, Michael 2013 Keys to the City: How economics, institutions, social interactions and politics shape.
The development of city-regions. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Cox, K. Territory, Scale and Why Capitalism Matter, Territory, Politics, Governance,1:1, pp 46-61.
Gugler, J. 2004 World Cities Beyond the West, Cambridge.
Hall, P. 1969 Urban and Regional Planning, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
Hu, R. Blakely, E. and Zhou, Y. 2013 Benchmarking the Competitiveness of Australian Global Cities, Urban Policy and Research, 31:4, pp 435-50.
Martin, J. and Budge, T. 2011 The Sustainability of Australia’s Country Towns, VURRN Press, Ballarat.
Moriarty, P. 2002 Environmental Sustainability of Large Australian Cities, Urban Policy and Research, 20:3, pp 233-43.
Storper, M. 2012 Keys to the City, Princeton University Press, Princeton.
Zhu, Y. 2014 Spatiality of China’s Market Oriented Urbanism, Territory, Politics, Governance, 2:2, pp 194-217.
Online LearningLectures, assessment, readings and handouts will be made available via MyUni and MyUni will be used as part of an active on-line
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving workshops which develop the lecture material.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction – Urbanisation and the Contemporary World Week 2 Demographic Change and the Developed and Developing World Week 3 The Economics of Cities and Land Markets Week 4 Community and Social Processes and the City Week 5 Urban Sustainability Week 6 Land Use Planning – Origins and Development Week 7 Land Use Planning – Contemporary Approaches Week 8 Land Use Planning – Case Study Adelaide Week 9 Land Use Planning – Case Study China Week 10 Final assignment preparation Week 11 Final assignment preparation Week 12 Conclusion
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 3000 word essay/case study Formative and Summative 50% 1-5 Oral presentation Formative and Summative 20% 3-7 Short tutorial paper Formative and Summative 20% 1, 3, 4, 5 Participation and attendance Formative and Summative 10% 5-7
Assessment Detail3000 word essay/case study – students will write a research case study essay that critically evaluates planning in a major urban area – 50% weighting
Attendance and participation – students interact with the class and co-operate in the active learning process – 10%
Oral presentation – students make a 15 minute presentation to the class which showcases their understanding of urban issues – 20%
Short tutorial paper – students write a short paper on one of the major issues shaping urban development today. Topics could cover issues such as sustainability, labour market growth and change, demographic transitions and the impacts of new technologies – 20%
SubmissionAll assignments are submitted electronically via MyUni.
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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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