Course Title: Green Cities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Green Cities

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 2008,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Professor Sarah Bekessy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

As urban populations increase, so do the pressures placed by cities on natural resources and environments. At the same time, planners face the critical challenge of how to maintain liveability for urban residents. In this course you will focus on the role of clean, green cities, including the innovative policies, planning and practices that drive sustainability led urban change to address key issues such as high energy use, poor air quality, flooding, hotter cities, lack of green space and food production. You will critically engage with the opportunities and challenges of green city initiatives in policy, practice and urban design. Key to the course is an emphasis on examining the nature of technology-focused innovation, collaborative models of governance and the role of place-based community participation and inclusion in the achievement of the green city ideal. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop an understanding of trends in, and impacts from, resource flows to and from cities and their surrounding regions 
  2. Review and evaluate policies and programs to promote more sustainable urbanisation 
  3. Use case studies as a basis for policy development in contemporary urban sustainability.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, group discussion, and group 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. 

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. Critical analysis of sustainable cities  (40%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2) 
  2. Sustainable cities research project (40%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2, 3) 
  3. Engagement with course themes and concepts (20%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2) 

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.