Course Title: The Urban Age

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Urban Age

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Andreanne Doyon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3087

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.36

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This multi-disciplinary course explores a range of social and environmental challenges facing contemporary cities. The majority of the world’s population now live in urban contexts, and building sustainable, just and globally connected cities has become a major concern for governments, planners and scholars on a global scale. In this course you will examine urbanisation, patterns of migration and mobility, political and social organisation, and the influence of physical geography and layers of history on contemporary urban formations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to demonstrate the following course learning outcomes:

  • analyse a range of contemporary urban processes and challenges by integrating experiential and observational methods with readings of scholarly literature, to identify a specific contemporary urban issue
  • assess the ways in which individual lived experiences of particular urban places is influenced by key social and environmental processes
  • use your knowledge of social media, networking to research and observe key features of urban processes
  • identify, associate and synthesise key concepts of urban process and systems to effectively employ a vocabulary of concepts in planning policy development

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

  • Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of urban and regional planning.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves attendance at a 1.5 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour tutorial each week.

The lectures will contain presentations on key issues/topic related to the urban age and urban challenges.  The tutorials will be divided amongst a variety of activities, including student presentations, discussion of weekly readings and lecture material, and class activities.

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.

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies [].

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

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. You will demonstrate your learning in this course by completing several pieces of work, one of which will be a research essay, and other pieces may include presentation of site observations in various media, oral presentations, group project, or short written exercises.

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: