GEOG 104G Cities and Urbanism

GEOG 104G | Open | Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


What makes a great city? 

Urbanism is the study of the human structures, processes and experiences in the city. This social science course explores 'urbanism' in historical and contemporary cities to determine the essence of urbanity and the way that citizens (and visitors) experience city life. 

Understanding cities and urbanism is crucial to comprehending modern human societies. In 2008, humankind reached a turning point when half of the world's population was living in citites. Yet, while city life remains distinguishable from other forms of human settlement, there is no generic urban envrinonment. This course examines urban themes in different contexts from multiple perspectives. The dynamics and character of cities are considered in terms of their built environment (including planning policies and practices), economic systems, population issues, sustainabilty, cultural diversity and resilience.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate why cities are a site of change and diversity
  • explain how urbanism impacts on modern society
  • discuss the social, political, cultural, environmental and economic processes and practices that affect urbanism
  • evaluate theoretical uban ideas using place-based case studies
  • engage with policies and practices facilitating urban sustainability
  • critique and resolve complex urban problems

Topics Covered

The course is divided into the following thematic sections:

  • past cities
  • urban sustainability 
  • the urban fabric
  • future cities

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