Human Settlements

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Settlements

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Geography, Pacific Studies, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Introduction to evolution & nature of human settlements both in developed & developing societies. Emphasis on economic & social functions of cities & their spatial form & structure. Case studies in Australia & Asia-Pacific region.
    Course Introduction
    This course introduces students to theories about human settlements and urbanisation, the growth of cities and their internal structure, form and functioning. Characteristics of human settlements and trends in urbanisation are first illustrated in both developed and developing parts of the world. The course examines changes in the economic and social fabric of cities and presents a series of planning problems and solutions. The latter half of the course looks at urban service analysis with major reviews of why geography is important in retailing, health care and education. Finally a series of urban models is presented which help to describe and explain the basic functioning of cities and the behaviour of their residents.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • understand key theories, models and methods of analysis, particularly in a socio-economic context, in the study of human settlement
    • analyse and organise information and ideas and convey resultant ideas clearly and fluently in written, spoken and drawn forms
    • interact effectively with others to work towards a common outcome
    • select and use the appropriate level, style and means of communication and to apply scholarly conventions
    • work and to learn independently
    • interpret and evaluate information
    • identify issues and problems
    • apply critical reasoning to issues through independent thought and informed judgement in the field of human settlements in the study of human geography and planning
    • evaluate opinions, draw conclusions, and to reflect critically on the justification of those contributions in the field of human settlements in the study of human geography and planning
    • have a broad appreciation of other societies and cultures and of diverse socio-economic and cultural settings in the study of human settlements, particularly in Australia and the rest of the world
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 2 Contact hours
    Assessment Summary
    Practical: 5%
    Online Quiz 1: 10%
    Essay: 25%
    Online Quiz 2: 10%
    Final Exam: 50%

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