Urban History

Subject ABPL20034 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2x1 hour lecture per week, 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None specified
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

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Dr David Nichols


Email: nicholsd@unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview: 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.
  • 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.
  • 400 word assignment (10%)
  • 1000 word class paper (presentation and written paper) (20%)
  • 2000 word essay (30%)
  • Final 2-hour exam (30%)
  • Class attendance and participation (10%)
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Recommended Texts:

Davison, Graeme (2004, 1979) The rise and fall of Marvellous Melbourne Carlton: Melbourne University Press

Forster, Clive (2004, 1999, 1995) Australian Cities: continuity and change South Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Hall, Peter (2002) Cities of Tomorrow; an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century Malden, MA: Blackwell Mumford, Lewis The City in History (1961) New York: Harcourt, Brace

Breadth Options:

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

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to analyse social and cultural contexts;
  • critical thinking and analysis;
  • development of logical arguments;
  • crticial evaluation of policies and practices.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Urban Design and Planning
Related Breadth Track(s): Urban Planning
Urban Design and Planning

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