Development and Urban Environments

Subject 671-343 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures, two hours of practicals/seminars per week and two days of fieldwork (during semester)
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Usually completion of 25 points of first year geography, environmental studies, urban planning or environmental science, or the permission of the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Andrew Dawson

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the relationship between development and urban environments. The innovation of this subject is to consider both the physical and human systems that make up urban environments. The subject covers how development impacts manifest as problems, and also the variety of ways in which these problems are understood and managed. Topics discussed include the impacts of globalisation on urban environments, urban transport, cities and human health, pollution causes and control, urban hydrology and biological systems, urban environmental activism and ideas of sustainable development. Students should gain an appreciation of cities as part of, rather than separate from, the physical environment; the complex interactions between social agents, historical processes, political structures and natural phenomena in urban spaces; and the often contested political and policy responses to urban environmental issues.


Practical reports totalling 1000 words 20% (due during semester), field trip report of 1000 words 30% (due mid-semester) and major essay of 2000 words 50% (due at end of semester).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to: think critically about issues relating to Australian environmental politics and management;

  • develop a conceptual framework appropriate to understanding and interpreting Australian environmental issues;

  • learn research skills appropriate to understanding and interpreting Australian environmental issues;

  • write coherent and well-researched essays;

  • engage in effective oral presentations.


All BSc students, except those enrolled in the BA/BSc combined course and the BASc course, can only receive credit at the 200-level for this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies Major

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