The module examines definitions, concepts and theories of urban sustainability; it examines the historical emergence and evolution of notions of urban sustainability; and it examines the ways in which urban sustainability can be promoted through policy and planning and in practice.
The themes explored in this module are applied to a variety of sustainability issues, including the tasks of finding appropriate urban responses to the challenges of climate change and persistent - and in some cases widening - health inequalities.
- Introduction to urban sustainability
- Understanding urban environments
- Historical approaches to urban development
- Approaches to urban sustainability
- Contemporary patterns of urbanisation
- Urban development and spatial planning
- Urban infrastructure and development
- Urban neighbourhoods and communities
- Urban transportation and mobilities
- Urban biodiversity and conservation
- Cities and climate change
- Cities and water resource management
- Urban populations, health and disease
- Cities in the age of sustainable development
- Radical approaches to urban sustainability.
By completing this module, you will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the terminology and discourse of cities, urban geography, urbanisation and urban sustainability.
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the historical aspects of urban development and their linkages with the emerging discourse and concerns of environmentalism and concepts of sustainable development.
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the major contemporary patterns of urbanisation and urban growth - particularly at the global scale - and their linkages with environmental and sustainability issues.
- demonstrate critical understanding of the ways in which urban sustainability is approached in theory and research, including the main frameworks used to conceptualise these issues.
- demonstrate critical understanding of the major contemporary issues in relation to urban growth, urban development and spatial planning.
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the contemporary challenges of urban infrastructure and development; neighbourhoods and communities; and transportation.
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the complex linkages between urban development and major contemporary environmental issues: biodiversity loss and conservation; climate change; and water resource management.
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the complex linkages between urban areas, health and disease, including strategies for promoting both urban population health and sustainable development.
- outline critically the main features and challenges of addressing urban sustainability through the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- discuss and critically assess some radical perspectives towards urban sustainability.
- a 2 hour written examination worth 60%
- a critical written assignment worth 40%.