GEOG 5093 - Introduction to Urbanisation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Andrew Beer

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Department 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 Learning
    Lectures, assessment, readings and handouts will be made available via MyUni and MyUni will be used as part of an active on-line
    learning strategy.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving workshops which develop the lecture material.
    Workload

    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
  • 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
    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 Detail
    3000 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%
    Submission
    All assignments are submitted electronically via MyUni.
    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.

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