Understanding Australian Cities

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding Australian Cities

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Introduction
    Understanding the Australian City is an introductory overview of the origin, patterning and functioning of the urban system. The course specifically examines the dynamics of population, infrastructure, governance and culture in Australian cities, including the Gold Coast and Brisbane in South East Queensland. These basic insights frame approaches to planning intervention that seek to manage urban developement for various goals. This introductory course will allow students to better appreciate the range of urban and planning challenges facing Australian cities and the opportunities for further study.
    Course Aims
    The course will provide students with an introductory understanding of:
    The origins of urbanisation and cities generally and of Australian cities in particular.
    Basic urban concepts that can be used to describe and understand processes operating in urban systems.
    The historical development, patterning and functioning of Australia's urban systems.
    A broad sectoral overview of Australia's urban systems, including population, housing, governance, infrastructure networks, urban form and structure and governance systems, environmental questions, the global context and future urban prospects.
    The scope for urban policy to intervene into cities and urban systems.
    Where to obtain sources of information about Australian cities.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate a basic understanding of key concepts and processes of urbanisation and urban development generally and as these apply to Australian cities specifically.
    2 Demonstrate a breadth of understanding across various elements and sectors in Australia's urban system, including housing, infrastructure, population, governance, sustainability, urban structure and economy.
    3 A working knowledge of the main forms of urban information and of how these are accessed
    4 To develop critical comprehension, writing and discussion skills.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Assignment 1 - Observational Survey


    Test or quiz
    Mini Quiz


    Assignment - Written Assignment


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.