CHANGING CITIES: OLD AND NEW WORLDS

HIS3URB

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students examine changes in urban life from the pre-industrial world to the present. We investigate how cities changed in Britain and Europe and in the New World, placing Melbourne in a wide context. The changing nature of cities is explored, looking at houses, palaces, streets and workplaces, and the impact of modes of transport and technology. Themes explored include the governance of cities; the physical and the built environment; inequality in the city; and the impact of economic and cultural change on urban life. While they are mentored at every stage, students have lots of scope in this subject to research topics, to 'read' buildings/spaces, and to present their findings in new ways.



SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdrian Jones

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 45 credit points of History or Art History at second year level or coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects HIS2URB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of SuburbiaRecommendedFishman, RobertNEW YORK: BASIC BOOKS, 1987

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Clarity and correctness of expression, clarity in argument; have developed a capacity for independent research

Activities:
Write clear, well-organised and well-drafted essay and sit examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Writing

02. Experience in using primary sources on labour history and relating these to debates in Australian labour history

Activities:
Write a piece of history using primary sources, either individually or in groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Writing

03. Facility in critical and analytical reasoning, including the ability to assess arguments and understanding of key theoretical concepts

Activities:
Write a short piece and a longer essay demonstrating critical and analytical reasoning in specific cases, engage rationally with diverse views in tutorial discussions of the prescribed texts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking
Speaking
Creative Problem-solving

04. Investigate how cities changed in the late nineteenth century with the new modes of mass transport and the growth of suburbs, examining two cities of the new world - Melbourne and Chicago.

Activities:
Write a short piece and a longer essay and sit examination, attend lectures and tutorials where students will contribute to discussions of the prescribed texts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Speaking
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving

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