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Urban Sustainability and Climate Change (ABPL90064)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90064
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was previously known as Planning Urban Sustainability.

Humans have altered the earth's natural environment to such an extent, that scientists are considering the determination of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Climate change is one of many indicators of these significant human driven changes to the environment.

This subject will provide students with an understanding of the key factors contributing to changes to natural and built environments, and their centrality to urban planning activities. Students will critically analyse the complex interrelationship between environmental processes, climate change, urban change, sustainability goals and urban planning policies. Current urban planning issues including: sustainability, climate change, resilience, and vulnerability will be critically analysed and applied to current and future problems. Local and global examples will be drawn upon. This approach will equip students with the capability to propose urban planning solutions to address climate change and facilitate urban sustainability.

Through completion of this subject students will be provided with exposure to cutting edge urban planning approaches to address climate change and sustainability. Students will be well prepared to take elective subjects which focus in detail on environment, resilience and sustainability topics.

Intended learning outcomes

Having successfully completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  • Understand key environmental processes and how these are disrupted by cities.
  • Critically analyse how urban sustainability goals and climate change imperatives interact.
  • Apply urban sustainability theory to future urban challenges including climate change.
  • Design viable solutions for present and future urban challenges including climate change (adaptation and mitigation) and sustainability.

Generic skills

  • To be advocates for implementing the sustainability of the environment
  • To have a broad global understanding with increased regard for human rights, equity and ethics
  • To examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines

Last updated: 13 August 2019