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ATS2547

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Legg (Clayton); Dr Ashley Gunter (South Africa)

Notes

Previously coded GES2340

Synopsis

Cities are dynamic and complex environments that now comprise the majority of the world we live in but they face an array of major challenges. These include: How do we make our cities more habitable and sustainable? How do we ensure social, economic, cultural, political and environmental equality? How does the geography of cities and urban systems affect their sustainability? Have cities ever been sustainable and can they be in the future? How do we manage urban growth or decline? In this unit students will examine how contemporary cities operate by focussing on urban processes and functions, as well as relevant issues such as population, the economy, governance, resource use, housing and transport.

Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will have developed the following key competencies and capacities. You will be able to:

  1. Describe and apply the concept of sustainability to urban form and function;
  2. Explain urban sustainability in relation to the environment, economy, society and politics;
  3. Identify unsustainable urban policies and practices and suggest effective methods of improving sustainability;
  4. Utilise selected geographic research skills and concepts relevant to sustainability in an urban context.

Assessment

Tutorial Presentations and participation: 25%
Essay (1,500): 30%
Field-trip report (1,000): 15%
2-hr Written Examination: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Stephen Legg

Contact hours

3 hours (1 hour tutorial and 2 hours lecture) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sustainability, environment and society
International studies
Geography and environmental science (ARTS)
Journalism studies
Geographical science
Urban, regional and international development

Prerequisites

First year sequence in geography or permission

Prohibitions

ATS3547