Sustainable Cities - 2017

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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 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Critical analysis (30%) , Assignment - Sustainable city vision (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines cities around the world from within a sustainability framework. Its core focus is the issue of automobile dependence in cities and the associated land use, environmental, social, economic and urban design issues surrounding it.

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

  1. explain how specific urban and transport planning policies and strategies can help to resolve many of the problems confronting cities
  2. evaluate and integrate knowledge of global urban planning and transport policies and achievements to justify a sustainable city vision
  3. apply sustainability concepts to real situations in any city
  4. assess the effectiveness and importance of public planning for the 'common good' and the role of developing positive visions for cities
  5. communicate a positive, solutions-oriented approach to cities and their problems and potentials.
  • Analysis Task — Critical analysis (30%)
  • Assignment — Sustainable city vision (40%)
  • Essay (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The concept of sustainability, its history and its relationship to cities
2The concept of sustainability, its history and its relationship to cities
3A transport and urban form history of cities
4Understanding automobile dependence: an international comparison of transport and land use in cities
5Energy use, energy conservation and the 'peak oil' phenomenon
6A history and critique of traditional transport planning: trip generation versus trip reduction
7Best practice in urban public transport systems
8Planning for pedestrians and cyclists and the role of traffic calming
9The central city: planning for people not cars
10The new suburbia: revisioning suburban sprawl
11Urban villages and transit-oriented development as antidotes to urban sprawl
12Making cities 'green' cities and case studies in more sustainable city development: a global overview highlighting Portland, Freiburg and Curitiba

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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.

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