Sustainability and Cities - An Introduction

Recently the world's urban population reached 50 per cent of the world's total, and by 2050 this will likely increase to two thirds. While cities are hubs of innovation and culture, they also use over two-thirds of global energy and produce around 70% carbon emissions, as well as other forms of air pollution. Cities also use vast quantities of fresh water and materials which in turn creates solid, liquid wastes, airborne pollution, affecting human health and destroying natural systems.

This module seeks to convey an advanced level of understanding of the sustainable development challenges facing humanity in general, and cities in particular.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Two PD points (stackable for credit towards postgraduate courses in Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning) and a Certificate of Achievement* 

You may wish to continue on to Sustainability and Cities - Core Topics.

Delivery mode
Start date
Monday 1 March 2021

Applications close
4 weeks: Monday 1 March – Sunday 28 March 2021
50 hours
3-hour online class per week, plus reading hours
Academic Lead
Adjunct Professor Bill Grace
$1,017 inc. GST*
Critical information summary
URBDM501 Sustainability and Cities - An Introduction

What you'll learn

Appreciate the impact of environmental awareness and sustainable development on urban development

Understand cities as complex urban systems

Have a critical awareness of the challenges of growth in a world constrained by climate change

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Gain appreciation of the theory and application of sustainability to the built environment (cities, towns and precincts)
  • Understand and conceptualise cities as complex systems
  • Gain an appreciation of the nexus between climate change and cities

How does it work?

Assessments comprise two components: participation and a report.*

What's next after this course?

Future study
Students who complete this micro-credential and URBDM502 and URBDM503 will be eligible for credit into postgraduate courses in Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, Urban & Regional Planning or International Development.
* This module is also available as a professional development course without assessment. Students taking it in this manner will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development but will not be eligible for credit. Reduced fees apply.