145.216 Urban Environments (15 credits)

An examination of aspects of the social, economic and political geographies of urban life, drawing upon various approaches in Human Geography.

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Summer School
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: Dr Lucas Knotter
  • Subject: Geography
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 100 level. At least 90 credits from 100 level for Bachelor of Science.


  • Start Date: Monday 19 November, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 17 February, 2019

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Wednesday 28 November, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 25 January, 2019

Contact workshops

There is no contact workshop for this course

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the tension between control and freedom in urban space.
  2. Identify key facets in control of urban spaces.
  3. Critically analyse the symbolism of urban spaces.
  4. Draw on the course themes to critically explore the specific context of their own urban environment.
  5. Outline major theoretical perspectives in Human Geography.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting Note
1 Close Reading and Analysis 1,2 15.0%
2 Essay 1,2,3,4 25.0%
3 Invigilated Examination 1,2,3,4,5 60.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


There are no set texts for this course.

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