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Urban History (ABPL20034)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20034
Semester 1
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Metropolitan areas have changed substantially through history. This subject examines the ideas, values and forces which 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.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understanding the major themes in past and present urban development;
  • Ability to critically analyse ideas about urban history and related issues in the light of the current state of cities;
  • Ability to discuss, present and write coherently about the debates and themes of urban development.

Generic skills

  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts;
  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Development of logical arguments;
  • Criticial evaluation of policies and practices.

Last updated: 10 August 2019