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Metropolitan areas have changed substantially through history. This subject examines the ideas, values and forces that influenced the physical growth and development of urban areas in the developed world. Using examples in Melbourne where possible and focusing on specific features and concepts of space and community, the subject considers social, economic, political and environmental processes of urban change. It provides opportunities for students to speculate on the future of our cities in the twenty-first century and to consider the role of the planner, the citizen, governing bodies, and other forces, on the shape and changing role of the city.
This subject will provide a lens on the University’s Joining Melbourne Modules. These will be completed in parallel to the subject - unless already successfully completed. It will also support the Discovery goals for commencing students by introducing emerging concepts and research in the
discipline area; ways to connect with the larger University community including peers, teachers and student groups; and awareness of academic expectations, and of wellbeing support offered at the University of Melbourne.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who have completed this subject should be able to:
- 1. Understand the major themes in past and present urban development;
- 2. Critically analyse ideas about urban history and related issues in the light of the current state of cities;
- 3. Discuss, present and write coherently about the debates and themes of urban development and the role of urban planners in addressing the issue of climate change.
- 4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Joining Melbourne Modules, and the learning outcomes of these, in relation to this subject's content and learning activities.
Students who have successfully completed this subject will have developed the following generic skills:
- High-level written communication skills
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Ability to develop logical arguments from source material.
Last updated: 7 September 2023