GEOG 2201 - Cities and Sustainability
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2201 Course Cities and Sustainability Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 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 I undergraduate study Restrictions Available to students of Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management only Course Description As cities grow and develop their environmental impacts are concentrated locally but have impacts across the globe. Informed by a critical use of urban political ecology, this course focuses on the complex interaction between the social and material processes of urbanisation and environmental change. Students will be introduced to: the way urban development alters soils, water systems and biodiversity; energy and resource flows within and through cities; the contribution of cities to climate change and the impacts of climate change on cities. In the process of exploring these issues, students will be introduced to measures aimed at addressing the environmental impacts of urbanisation and creating more sustainable cities.
Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. demonstrate a critical understanding of urban political ecology
2. explain how urban development impacts on environmental processes
3. demonstrate an understanding of energy and resource flows and their measurement
4. describe the interaction between cities and climate change
5. critically examine measures to address the environmental impacts of cities
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)
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 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
Required ResourcesThere are no set texts for this course. All required reading will be made available via MyUni.
Affolderbach, J., Schulz, C. (2018). Green Building Transitions: Regional Trajectories of Innovation in Europe, Canada and Australia. Cham, Switzerland: Springer
Droege, P. (ed.) (2018). Urban Energy Transition: Renewable Strategies for Cities and Regions. Amsterdam: Elsevier
Heynen, N., Kaika, Maria., Swyngedouw, E. (2006) In the nature of cities: Urban political ecology and the politics of urban metabolism London
Parris, J. (2016). Urban Ecology. Wiley. Oxford (available online)
Mazmanian, D., Blanco, H. (2014) Elgar companion to sustainable cities : strategies, methods and outlook. Cheltenham, UK; Edward Elgar
List of Journals
Journals that focus on cities and urbanisation have many articles relating to sustainablity and the environmental impacts of cities (see the Course Outline for Urban Futures). The journals listed below are more focused on environment and/or sustainbility aspects of cities.
Cities and the EnvironmentUrban Climate
Environment and Urbanization
Land Use Policy
Landscape and Urban Planning
Sustainable Cities and Society
Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTeaching and Learning Modes in this course include:
- Face-to-face/online lectures
- Small Group Discovery Experience - Preparation and engagement
- Assignment Preparation
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The total workload for this course is 156 hours or an average of 12 hours per week for the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek Topic
2 Applying political ecology to urban environments
3 Processes and impacts of re-surfacing
4 Disrupting the hydrological cycle
5 Re-thinking water in cities: Incorporating Water Sensitive Urban Design into Decision Making
6 Urban Heat Island: Explanation and impacts
7 Urban Heat Island: Incorporating responses into Decision Making
8 Energy: Facilitating new modes of energy supply
9 Cities as key sites for Biodiversity
10 Incorporating Bio-diversity into Decision Making
11 Climate Change and Resilient Cities
12 Course Conclusion: A way forward
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall group discovery sessions requires students to complete preparatory reading and assigned tasks (e.g. data collection, online searches). SGD includes a mix of in-class research activities, discussions and field based practical exercises.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Description % Weighting
Participation This component will assess attendance AND participation in class activities 10%
City Profile Students will choose a city and develop a digital profile that explores various aspects of
the relationship between cities and sustainability 25%
Essay Students will write a 2000 word essay which critically examines how 30%
urban decision making processes address one of the environmental
issues covered in the course
Exam 2 hour exam 35%
Assessment DetailAssessment briefs will be made available on MyUni at the start of the semester.
SubmissionAssessment submissions will be via MyUni
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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