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City Futures (ABPL20045)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20045
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

What is the future of the polis? Exploration of past and present conditions of urban ordering and development inform understanding of 21st century challenges for cities and urban societies. This subject critically examines imagined city futures from historical and contemporary perspectives, incorporating concepts and approaches from utopian literature, critical urban theory, and philosophy to explore how the ‘city’ is understood as a physical realm, a social realm, and an imagined realm. In addition, the subject also critically investigates how imagined and real cities are influenced by popular media and technology, as well as cultural, environmental, economic, social, and political contexts. Students will be able to speculate upon the future of the polis, and their place in shaping or being shaped by the urban condition.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse historical and contemporary views of cities and civilization as utopian or dystopian;
  • Explore cultural, environmental, economic, social, and political contexts of urbanism historically, today, and in the future city;
  • Identify the forces that influence the way cities are imagined historically and today, and how these imaginations are articulated and/or negotiated;
  • Critically analyse the role of utopia today in terms of how it is imagined and applied, and what factors obstruct the realisation of utopian ideals if such ideals are relevant.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should have enhanced their skills in:

  • Critical reading and analysis of literature and theory;
  • Critical analysis of social, cultural and political contexts;
  • Development of logical arguments;
  • Written and verbal communication of an academic standard;

Last updated: 15 July 2017