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Building Resilient Settlements (ABPL90320)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90320
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This subject explores the notion of resilience and its application to the planning, design and management of urban settlements at various scales. The notion of resilience is related to the capacity of systems to adapt to disruptions without them changing to entirely different states, which in the case of human settlements often results in catastrophic consequences for the inhabitants. The subject will explore approaches for enhancing existing settlements, as well as creating new ones, to be better prepared to confront future environmental changes, both predicted and unpredicted, as they occur, with a focus on changes associated with climate change, such as increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, as well as more gradual changes, such as rising sea levels. Students will explore ways of decreasing the vulnerability of urban settlements to these types of risks and while at the same time promoting sustainable development through planning and design interventions.


  • Students are advised that there is a two day field trip that is central to the completion of the unit. Field trip costs are covered by the faculty, excluding food and beverage.
  • Students are expected to complete readings in the week before the intensive lectures begin.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To encourage students to identify and engage critically with issues associated with making human settlements more resilient in the face of both predicted and unpredicted climate change.
  • To stimulate creative thinking and problem solving through the application of planning, design and management processes with regard to creating resilient human settlements with the aim of protecting communities to various types of environmental changes and associated risks.

Generic skills

  • Link climate change to urban outcomes and measures to mitigate and manage change
  • Critical evaluation of the potential for reducing environmental harm
  • Policy analysis and writing

Last updated: 16 June 2018