Sustainability and Cities - Core Topics

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 theories and tools being used to manage the transition to smart, sustainable urban development.

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* 
Delivery mode
Start date
Monday 29 March 2021

Applications close
4 weeks: Monday 29 March – Sunday 25 April 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
URBDM502 Sustainability and Cities - Core Topics

What you'll learn

Be aware of the challenges of growth in a world constrained by biodiversity loss, the transition to renewable energy, water scarcity, and materials and waste

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Apply the tools to manage these impacts in the urban design process

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Why study this course?

  • Gain appreciation of the theory and application of sustainability to the built environment (cities, towns and precincts)
  • Understand how urban design and planning incorporate biodiversity conservation
  • Become conversant with the core elements of an urban sustainability strategy

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 URBDM501 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.