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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Legg


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).

Chief examiner(s)

Stephen Legg

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Sustainability, environment and society
International studies
Geography and environmental science (ARTS)


First year sequence in geography or permission