Course Title: Green Cities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Green Cities

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2016


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: TBA

Course Coordinator Phone: TBA

Course Coordinator Email: TBA

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The sustainability of cities is a major area of concern, as more than half of the World’s population now live in cities. In order to make cities more sustainable, inputs such as land, energy, water, food and materials should be sourced more sustainably. The systems within cities must utilise such inputs more efficiently while delivering more outputs such as social equity, economic activity and quality of life. Environmental impacts need to be minimised and those remaining must be converted into useful inputs or managed within the capacity of socio-ecological systems.

This course will explore a range of aspects of urban sustainability planning and management and consider practical sustainable options for urban development.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Objectives are:

To analyse:

  • The environmental, social and economic implications of urban development and activity
  • Patterns and trends in resource supply and use and their impacts
  • Policies and programs influencing urban resource supply and use

To develop skills in:

  • Evaluation of resource use patterns and environmental impacts
  • Assessment and analysis of effectiveness of policies and strategies
  • Use of case studies as a basis for policy development
  • Research, group discussion and writing skills

This course will focus on understanding and analysing a range of sustainability planning challenges and their solutions in urban contexts.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand some of the important recent trends in, and impacts from, resource flows to and from cities and their surrounding regions
  • Review and evaluate policies and programs to promote more sustainable resource use in urban areas
  • Use case studies as a basis for policy development in urban sustainability


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on recent trends and scholarly analysis of the effects and consequences of urbanisation internationally, including the interplay of ecological, economic, political, social and cultural factors.
  • Develop and use appropriate research tools, methods and strategies to generate knowledge, manage urban environments, and inform decision-making in diverse social, cultural and geographic contexts.
  • Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to implement locally inspired solutions to a range of environmental and other consequences of urbanisation. 

Overview of Learning Activities

 This course will be delivered as an international study tour that will involve seminars, lectures, individual and group based activities, both in Australia and in a location overseas.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A reference list will be made available to students prior to the beginning of the course.

The University Library has extensive resources for Sustainability and Urban Planning students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include individual and group-based tasks that will need to be completed prior, during and upon return from the study tour. The following provides an overview of the likely assessment tasks:

Task 1: Discussion paper, 1000 words, 20%, CLO 1, CLO2

Task 2: Group project activity and presentation, 15%, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4


Task 3: Blog posts, 1500 words, 30%, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Task 4: Individual analytical report, 2000 words, 35%, CLO1, CLO2

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: