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    An evaluation of theoretical concepts, debates and worldviews relevant to envisaging ‘just’ urban sustainability, based on comparative critical analyses of city transformations led by Indigenous, environmental and/or equity imperatives.

    About this paper

    Paper title Envisioning Sustainable Cities
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    54 GEOG points
    GEOG 215
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science
    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett

    Paper Structure

    Lectures: The mode of teaching is based primarily on lectures. However, active student involvement in class, small group discussions and brainstorming sessions will be encouraged.

    Seminars: There is a seminar programme that runs on alternate weeks of the semester. Students must prepare a draft reading log in advance of the seminar sessions.

    Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination).

    Teaching Arrangements

    2 lectures per week and a series of seminars scheduled in alternate weeks over the 13 weeks of semester.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Suggested readings will be identified.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper are expected to be able:

    • To demonstrate a critical understanding and evaluation of the contested and provisional nature of
      1. Some of the major concerns with regard to urban issues, outcomes and processes
      2. Various urban planning theories and associated discourses and practices
      3. Some key principles and concepts that underpin urban visions and urban transformations
    • To search for, retrieve and reference analytical information about urban transformation through use of academic and popular literature available in print and online sources


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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