Sustainable Urban Communities - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (30%) , Online Discussion (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as SUS220 Sustainable Urban Communities.

Over half the world’s population now live in urban areas and 75 percent could be urban by 2050. This unit examines the sustainability challenges and possibilities that lie ahead as we become an increasingly urban species. The unit explores how we can create urban communities and lifestyles that enhance human dignity and equality, while also being more environmentally sustainable. The unit takes an international perspective, looking at key urban sustainability issues and inspirational practices from around the world.

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

  1. understand the multitude of sustainability challenges and issues confronting cities today which are forcing a rethink of the way our urban communities are being designed and built
  2. understand the importance of physical planning in attempting to resolve these problems
  3. appreciate the physical evolution of cities over the centuries, in particular the role of transport technology and other infrastructure in shaping urban form and function
  4. demonstrate how cities around the world today can be classified according to their degree of automobile dependence, and to understand quantitatively the range of land use and transport characteristics associated with different levels of automobile dependence.
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Project (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SUS220 — Sustainable Urban Communities (Previously: Cities and Sustainability)

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Unit Introduction: Sustainability in an Urban Century
2Cities and Human History
3Cities Today: Key Challenges
4Cities and Climate Change
5Towards Sustainable Cities
6The Greening of Urban Transport: Better Public Transport
7The Greening of Urban Transport: Walking and Cycling
8Sustainable Urban Form: Compact Cities and Urban Containment
9Sustainable Urban Form: Sustainable Suburbs
10Water and the City
11Nature and the City
12Professional Practice, Participation and Community Ethics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

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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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