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GES2340 - Cities and Sustainability

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Stephen Legg


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will interpret the concept of sustainability in the context of cities and urban development.


This unit explores the economic, social and environmental dimensions of urban sustainability through issues such as housing, transport, urban development, migration, water and energy consumption, waste disposal, and critically examine their outcomes in terms of social justice, economic and cultural polarization, metropolitan governance, and community and institutional sustainability.


Tutorial Presentations and participation : 25%
Essay (1,500) : 30%
Field-trip report (1,000) : 15%
2-hr Written Examination : 30%
Compared to GES2340, the third year (GES3240) essay and field-trip report will require a deeper theoretical discussion and a broader and larger research engagement (e.g. as evident in the text and bibliography).

Contact hours

3 hours (1 hour tutorial and 2 hours lecture) per week


First year sequence in geography or permission