The Global Metropolis

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Global Metropolis

  • 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

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite

    GEOG1000, GEOG2104

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description
    This course explores advanced themes and issues in urban geography, including housing, transport, spatial structure and urban form, economic development, historical formation, and land use planning. Applies a case-based approach to each respective issue in an applied context. Most case studies refer to Asia-Pacific region, which is the most significant urbanised area in the world. Takes a global and holistic perspective on the world's most significant urbanisation issues related to rapid growth, demographic change, and sustainability.
    Course Introduction
    The course examines the growth and development of cities and urban regions around the world, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific regions. It pays particular attention to a range of key issues facing the world's major cities. Lectures focus on the fundamental geographic attributes of these cities, demographic growth, economic transformation and livelihoods, the form and shape of cities, and urban planning and governance. The course uses case studies from cities around the world, and the principal aim of the course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of key urban issues and concepts in the contemporary era.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Evaluate approaches taken to manage urbanisation and their strengths and weakness;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of key trends in the urbanisation in the developing and developed worlds;
    • Explore alternative policy approaches to urban problems in the world's major cities, including those which involve innovative solutions;
    • Develop an in-depth understanding of at least one city outside the Australian context through case study research which involves applying concepts and literature from both human and physical geography;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the key factors shaping urbanisation in the present and future;
    • Explore and evaluate the roles of institutions, informal organisations and citizens in sustainable urban development.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour
    Assessment Summary
    Weekly Reading Reflection: 20%
    Report 1: 20%
    Report 2: 20%
    Final Exam: 40%

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