Cities and Regions

Course code GEOG2080Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Australian cities and regions are transforming and there is heated political debate about their future course. GEOG2080 examines the economic, social and cultural dynamics of cities and regions, and contemporary shifts in the theories through which we understand them. The course draws on a series of case studies of Australian and international cities, regions, industries, communities and policies to explain patterns of urban and regional growth and decline, change and continuity. Topics covered include: urban economic and socio-cultural diversity; changing urban form, sustainable urban and regional development; policy challenges for the management of urban and regional growth and decline.

This is the compulsory 2000 level course for the Human Geography and the Environment major within the Bachelor of Arts program. This course will consolidate the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in previous courses for this major.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory zWorkplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. A grounding in the patterns and problems of urban and regional development and management

2. An understanding of the processes driving urban and regional economic, social and cultural transformation at a range of scales

3. An introductory understanding of a variety of theoretical approaches from which to investigate and evaluate urban and regional patterns, problems and processes

4. Developed of a range of skills and methods relevant to geographical enquiry and communication which are transferable to other course and employment areas. These include: critical analysis and evaluation of data sources (including policy documents and statistical measures of urban and regional development); the interpretation of field observations; and the presentation of material including report writing and essay writing.
ContentPatterns of urban social and cultural diversity/inequality
1 Socio-spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage
2 Urban ethnicity: patterns and representations
3 Gender and sexuality in the city

Urban development and urban form
1 Changing city form
2 The politics of urban development
3 Urban housing and social change

Urban planning and policy
1 Constructing urban planning
2 Responding to urban change

Regional development and change
1 Non-metropolitan regions
2 Growth and decline in 'the regions'
3. Theorising regional change

Regional policy
1 Changing approaches to regional policy
2 Dealing with uneven development in regional areas
3 Sustainable regional economies and communities

Regional diversity
1 Social groups in rural places
2 Indigenous people and non-metropolitan spaces
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOG1020 or GEOG1030 or EMGT1020/ENVS1004
Students enrolled in the B Arts - Human Geography and the Environment Major must have successfully completed GEOG1020.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
ReportsField report
Contact HoursField Study: for 8 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG2080