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Sustainable Urban Communities

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Offered by Murdoch University through Open Universities Australia, Sustainable Urban Communities is an online unit that explores the sustainability challenges and possibilities emerging as the world becomes increasingly urbanised.

Exploring this theme from an international perspective, you will learn about key urban sustainability issues and inspirational practices, plus how to create urban communities and lifestyles that enhance human dignity and equality while maintaining environmental sustainability.

You will explore the nature of cities through a number of sustainability lenses, including water access, climate change and community ethics, in order to understand the complex relationship between cities' physical form, transport network and the local environment.


Students must have completed 18 credit points at level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any course. Content may be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Sustainable Urban Communities unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Unit overview: cities and sustainability in an urban century
  • Cities and human history
  • Cities and climate change
  • Towards sustainable cities
  • The greening of urban transport: public transport, integrated with land use
  • The greening of urban transport: walking and cycling, integrated with land use
  • Sustainable urban form: compact cities, urban villages and urban containment
  • Sustainable urban form: new urbanism and liveable neighbourhoods
  • Water and the city
  • Nature and the city
  • Professional practice, participation and community ethics
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

This unit will equip you with a thorough understanding of sustainability challenges from the urban perspective, and how to achieve sustainability within cities. You will understand the importance of physical planning for resolving sustainability issues and learn to appreciate the role of transport technology and other infrastructure in shaping urban form and function.

Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate through quantitative methods how cities around the world today can be classified according to their degree of automobile dependence.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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