Course Title: Global Cities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Cities

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Professor Wendy Steele

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2302

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 008 Floor 11 Room 011

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 or region 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 a range of issues relevant to the city or region, including on urban design or planning strategies, environmental and climate change challenges, population transition, 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. For study tour instances of this course, costs may be associated with travel, accommodation and other elements of the activity.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe the major urban, social and environmental challenges facing the selected city/region
  2. Outline how the selected city is shaped by its surrounding region(s) and other urban environments
  3. Analyse a particular feature of the selected city/region by drawing on relevant literature, experiential learning and relevant urban studies and theories
  4. Synthesize and appropriately apply your knowledge to examine an issue in the selected city  

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

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks:

1. Project Proposal (20%) (Linked to CLOs 1 and 2)

2. Case Study Project Research Task (50%) (Linked to CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)

3. Personal and Professional Reflective Learning Task (30%) (Linked to CLOs 2, 3 and 4)

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.