Building Resilient Settlements

Subject ABPL90320 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 14-Nov-2016
Teaching Period 21-Nov-2016 to 02-Dec-2016
Assessment Period End 02-Dec-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Oct-2016
Census Date 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 26-Nov-2016

Quota = 60

  • This subject is a quota subject and places are limited. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, but places are not guaranteed until selection is completed. You will be notified in writing by the Student Centre if you are selected. For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, please refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage.
  • Selection Criteria: selection will be run on a first-come, first-served basis.

This subject has a pre-teaching period:

  • Students are to read the core readings for the subject in the pre-teaching period.

Field Trip:

  • 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.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended that students have knowledge of urban sustainability issues and some understanding of the processes and possible implications of climate change.

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:


Assoc Prof Alan March, Prof Ruth Beilin



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

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.

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.
  • Online test equivalent to 500 words, due on Day 2 at the close of the symposium (10%)
  • 2,000 word report developed by a 4-person group (equivalent to 1000 words per student), due at the end of first week of teaching (25%)
  • 10-minute presentation by a 4-person group, due at the end of first week of teaching (5%)
  • Individual student essay or design 2500 words, due on the last day of teaching (60%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations:

Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

Related Course(s): Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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