Course Title: Urban Planning and Energy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Planning and Energy

Credit Points: 12


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 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Joe Hurley

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9016

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the role of energy consumption in urban contexts and the relationship to environmental impacts with a focus on climate change. You will examine climate change responses, ranging from redesigning households and neighbourhoods to the development of adaptation strategies related to new forms and levels of environmental risk. You will compare prevailing climate change responses in countries and regions such as in Australia, China and Europe, with particular emphasis on strategies for making the shift from carbon dependence to renewable sources of energy. You will critically evaluate strategies for ‘relocalising’ human economic and social activities and systems and critically examine strategies for engaging local communities in climate change mitigation and adaptation work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Discuss social and cultural responses to the science of climate change;

• Critically appraise the roles of both mitigation and adaptation approaches, specifically in relation to urban and energy policies and strategies;

• Critically assess Australian and global climate change responses;

• Analyse strategies for making particular cities more energy efficient and resilient to climate change impacts;

• Debate cultural impediments and opportunities for adaptation to climate change impacts.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include weekly lectures and weekly tutorial/workshops in which ideas are discussed and individual and group communication skills are developed. It will feature a number of presentations by guest lecturers.

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 and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include assessment of Australia’s climate change responses, a group presentation, and an individual project presentation.

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: