Course Title: Urbanisation Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urbanisation Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2008


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Mittul Vahanvati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.27

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to enhance student knowledge and understanding of key challenges facing cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The course is essentially a survey of major trends in relation to the development, governance and planning of cities in the region. It is anticipated that students would develop the following:


  • An understanding of planning challenges facing cities in the region related to economic development, housing issues, informal settlements, poverty, resilience, vulnerability, and environmental degradati
  • An ability to critically evaluate policy responses and create strategies to deal with these urban problems based on real examples from the across the region.
  • Knowledge about institutional challenges and political complexity in the Asia-Pacific regio
  • Awareness of the socio-economic, geographic and political processes occurring in urban areas of the Asia-Pacific regi
  • Insights on the problems of urban growth, mega-city formation, community participation in urban management, sustainability of human settlements and the sectoral issues.
  • The role of governmental policy and strategies to manage these urban issues.


This course critically examines some of the major forces brought about by the process of economic globalisation that planners, bureaucrats and politicians must be aware of when devising policy. It investigates the social and environmental repercussions of the integration of cities and nations into the global economy. Through the use of both theoretical texts and actual case studies, students will explore the major obstacles confronting cities as they pursue more sustainable forms of development whilst competing in the global economy.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capabilities will be developed systematically throughout this course


At the end of this course students will be able to:


  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on recent trends and scholarly analysis of the effects and consequences of urbanisation, including the interplay of economic, political, social, environmental and cultural factors.
  • Extend and challenge your knowledge and professional practice in urban and environmental managemen
  • Comprehensively understand various economic linkages created at different spatial scales as part of the process of economic globalisati

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in a multi-modal form, initially consisting of weekly lectures and tutorials to build knowledge of urban issues in the Asia Pacific region. There will be online interaction via the Blackboard Learning Management system.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through the learning management system.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes. The assessment tasks may include writing, presenting, and analysis of primary sources.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.


If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate variations to assessment methods and requirements. You can discuss this with your course co-ordinator and register with the RMIT Disability Liaison Unit to find out more.

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