Drivers of Urban Change

Drivers of Urban Change

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Term 1, 2019
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In class

Explore livability, productivity, governance and sustainability in modern cities

UNSW Built Environment short course Drivers of Urban Change introduces concepts around governance and sustainability in modern times along with the opportunity to study spatial structure, urban form and function with a view to being able to recognise, demonstrate and evaluate the impact of current trends on the future of people, places, and economies.

What affects the liveability, productivity, governance and sustainability of a 21st century city? Traditional and emergent ways of understanding a city’s spatial structure, urban form and function are studied. The historical drivers of change, current urban theories and the future megatrends in sociocultural structures, political functioning, technological change, sustainable design and global economics are discussed and applied to case-study cities.

Key Information

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify, explain and critically engage with the nature and nuances of urban processes driving change in contemporary cities.
  2. Critically reflect on how and why a city has developed as it has, and how the practice/theory nexus can be applied.  This is done by engaging with traditional, modern and postmodern socio-political theory.
  3. Synthesise trends and data and provide expert opinion and evidence about whether a contemporary city is growing or on a declining trajectory.
  4. Recognise, demonstrate and evaluate the impact of current trends on people, places, and economies.

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive:

  1. Official Certificate of completion.
  2. Up to 40 PIA CPD points.
  • Domestic students: AUD $3690 
  • International students: AUD $4500 

Please visit the fees page for more information.

Eligibility criteria

An undergraduate degree with a Credit average or above in a relevant field such as a built environment discipline or studies in social science, social policy, business or law.

In addition, this course requires three years of post graduate industry experience, including work in an urban, regional or related professional roles.

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The UNSW Non-Award Course page provides you with further details on how to apply.