Course Title: Critical Urban Issues: Resilience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Urban Issues: Resilience

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Professor Jean Hillier

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3925

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will investigate contemporary urban issues from a range of critical understandings offered from an urban planning and/or environmental perspective. Students will be required to think critically about the chosen issue or issues and consider a range of planning and/or environment interventions that may help to address them within the urban arena. This process exposes students to unique contexts and challenges of spatial development and the realities facing planning and environmental practitioners while nurturing the formation of their own critical understanding and perspectives of these issues

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse current debates of urban and environmental issues
  • Apply planning and/or environmental principles of spatial development in proposals for intervention in urban places
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate analytical and practical approaches to solving urban and environmental problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including independent and group-related learning and problem solving; independent and group-related learning and programming of work; locating information sources; extracting information; extended critical thinking and report writing, plus oral presentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment may include reports, presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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