Course Title: Urbanisation Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urbanisation Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

Credit Points: 12.00


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 2022


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,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr. Mittul Vahanvati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9823

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11, Room 27

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of key urbanisation challenges confronting cities in the Asia-Pacific region, as they pursue more sustainable development whilst competing in the global economy. Urbanisation is making people living in Asia Pacific, more vulnerable to climate change impacts, posing threats to global sustainable development goals. Through the use of both theoretical texts and real-life case studies, you will challenge the framing of terms such as ‘poverty’, ‘slums’, ‘resilience’ and ‘nature-based solutions’. It is anticipated that you will develop critical evaluation skills to understand a context from a systems perspective, be able to empathise with the locals and able to create strategies and/or recommendations to address some of the identified challenges for a nominated case study city. In this course you will address issues associated with UN Sustainability Goals such as SDG 1 (reduce poverty), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 13 (climate action). 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures, workshops, guest lectures, 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. 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 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. Defining Urban Challenges Task (10%) (CLO 1, 3) 
  2. Critical Reading and Discussion Task (15%) (CLO 1) 
  3. Review approaches and options in the region (35%) (CLO 1, 3) 
  4. Final submission – Case study project (40%) (CLO 1, 2, 3) 

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.