GY446 Half Unit
Planning for Sustainable Cities
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Nancy Holman
This course is available on the MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
A critical examination of the issues involved in planning for sustainable development at the urban level together with a review of policies and practice; the course focus largely on the problems facing developed countries. The course comprises ten lectures on the following themes; sustainability, sustainable development at the urban level, sustainability indicators, environmental assessment, environmental limits, carrying capacity and ecological footprints, the debate on sustainable urban form, Local Agenda 21, public participation, environmental governance.
10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.
Students are expected to prepare a seminar paper and presentation.
Detailed reading on specific policy areas will be provided.: J Agyeman & B Evans (Eds), Local Environmental Policies and Strategies, 1994; S. Wheeler. Planning for Sustainability: Creating livable, equitable, and ecological communities, 2004; Y, Rydin, Governing for Sustainable Urban Development, 2010; S. Davoudi, J. Crawford and A. Mehmood (Eds), Planning for Climate Change: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners, 2009.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2012/13: 41
Average class size 2012/13: 14
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills