Course Title: Urban Planning and Energy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Planning and Energy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Susie Moloney

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2885

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the role of energy consumption in urban contexts and the relationship to environmental impacts with a focus on climate change. You will examine climate change responses, ranging from redesigning households and neighbourhoods to the development of adaptation strategies related to new forms and levels of environmental risk. You will compare prevailing climate change responses in countries and regions such as in Australia, China and Europe, with particular emphasis on strategies for making the shift from carbon dependence to renewable sources of energy. You will critically evaluate strategies and policy for ‘relocalising’ human economic and social activities and systems and critically examine strategies for engaging local communities in climate change mitigation and adaptation work. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Discuss social and cultural responses to the science of climate change and energy policy; 
  2. Critically appraise the roles of climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches, specifically in relation to urban and energy policies and strategies; 
  3. Critically assess Australian and global climate change responses in relation to urban energy issues; 
  4. Analyse strategies for making particular cities more energy efficient; 
  5. Debate cultural impediments and opportunities for adaptation to climate change impacts through energy policy. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include lectures and tutorial/workshops and may include field visits in which ideas are discussed and individual and group communication skills are developed. It will feature presentations by guest lecturers. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

Assessment Tasks: 

  1. Reflective Reading and Discussion Task (30%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2 and 3) 
  2. Energy and Planning Case Study Task (40%) (Linked to CLO 2, 3 and 4) 
  3. Critical Analysis of Energy and Planning Issues (40%) (Linked to CLO  2, 3, 4 and 5) 

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 manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.