Course Title: Global Cities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Cities

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


Melbourne transfer to Vietnam


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies



Course Coordinator: A/Prof Marco Amati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9887

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.29

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore a range of urban, social and environmental challenges facing a city by taking part in a study tour to that area either physically or through teleconferencing. You will learn about a selected city’s history, urban geography, environment and economy through reading, classes and site visits. You may choose to focus on urban design or planning strategies, environmental challenges, (out-) migration and its effect(s) and cultural diversity, or contemporary social or urban development issues. You will also consider the ways in which developments in the selected city are shaped by its relationships with its surrounding region(s) and with other urban environments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

• identify and describe the major urban, social and environmental challenges facing the selected city

• outline how the selected city is shaped by its surrounding region(s) and other urban environments

• analyse a particular feature of the selected city by drawing on relevant literature, experiential learning and relevant urban studies and theories

• synthesize and appropriately apply your knowledge to examine an issue in the selected city

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the features and challenges facing an urban city. 

This is an elective, which will complement the capabilities you are developing in your program.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as workshops, guest presentations, study tours, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

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 and program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include a short briefing paper, participation in a group project or presentation, and/or an essay.

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: