Offered by Curtin University through Open Universities Australia, Sustainable Cities is an online unit that explores a range of cities around the world within a sustainability framework.
The core focus of the unit is the issue of automobile dependence in cities and the associated land use, as well as the environmental, social, economic and urban design issues surrounding it, wherein students gain comprehensive knowledge of transport within urban areas.
Students study a range of topics including energy use, planning for pedestrians and cyclists, and making 'green' cities where specific case studies are considered.
Students also learn to apply sustainability concepts to any real city, and integrate knowledge of global urban planning and transport policies and achievements to justify a sustainable city vision.
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy
Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy
Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy
Areas of study
In this Sustainable Cities unit, the topics you will study include:
The concept of sustainability, its history and its relationship to cities
A transport and urban form history of cities
Understanding automobile dependence: an international comparison of transport and land use in cities
Energy use, energy conservation and the 'peak oil' phenomenon
A history and critique of traditional transport planning: trip generation versus trip reduction
Best practice in urban public transport systems
Planning for pedestrians and cyclists and the role of traffic calming
The central city: planning for people not cars
The new suburbia: revisioning suburban sprawl
Urban villages and transit-oriented development as antidotes to urban sprawl
Making cities 'green' cities and case studies in more sustainable city development: a global overview highlighting Portland, Freiburg and Curitiba
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy,?Curtin University
Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy,?Curtin University
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy,?Curtin University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Studying this unit, you will gain the ability to apply sustainability concepts to any real city using a series of case studies and a sound sustainability framework.
You will also learn to explain how specific urban and transport planning policies and strategies can help to resolve many of the problems confronting cities; to evaluate knowledge of global urban planning and transport policies and achievements to justify a sustainable city vision.
In this unit, you will also assess the effectiveness and importance of public planning for the 'common good' and the role of developing positive visions for cities, and communicate a positive, solutions-oriented approach to cities and their problems and potentials.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Sustainable Cities from Curtin University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-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).
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