Global Cities and Regions - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Presentation (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit explores both the concept and the reality of the Global City ranging from historical trajectories, and spatial hierarchies to the contemporary politics of their revitalisation. The unit draws on consideration of the processes of globalisation, gentrification, consumption and urban contestation as a means of understanding and challenging both the contemporary notion of the neo-liberal city and the prospective implications of human futures in an urbanising world.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate and analyse the processes of globalisation and the key theoretical and conceptual ideas relating to global cities and their regions
  2. develop and apply technical skills and ethical practices required to collate, manage and analyse empirical information on cities and regions
  3. critically identify and assess the interrelationships between cities and their regions and communicate complex research data and ideas through different media using a range of technologies
  4. evaluate the core concepts of spatial distance and social isolation in cities
  5. synthesise the analytical skills by evaluating and reporting on a specfic Global City challenge.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Allure of the City
2Putting Cities First
3Origins of the City
4City Worlds: Social Geographies of the City
5Global Cities: Command and Control
6Fear and the City
7Cities in Decline?
8Developing World Cities
9The Creative City
10Sustainable Cities
11Tourist-Historic Cities
12Cities of Tomorrow

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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