ASIAN-PACIFIC CITIES

SOC3APC

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Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

The majority of humankind now live in cities, and these cities are bigger and more complex than any previous historical epoch. The twenty-first century is the Asia-Pacific era and the cities of the region are the urban imaginaries and techno-industrial engines of the world. A critical understanding of these cities, from LA to Vancouver, Tokyo to Seoul, Beijing to Shanghai, Delhi to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Singapore, Bangkok to Manila, will also help us to think about the spatial, built form, technological and cultural possibilities of Australian cities. In this subject students are helped to think about urban challenges and innovation in contemporary cities of the Asia-Pacific. It is designed to be of interest to all social science students but with immediate utility to international development and planning students. It has a strong emphasis on evaluating policy and programs for making mega-urban regions sustainable and liveable in the twenty-first century.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTrevor Hogan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC2APC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsNew York, Chicago, LA: America's global citiesRecommendedAbu-Lughod, Janet 1999UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS
ReadingsPlanet of slumsRecommendedDavis, M 2006VERSO
ReadingsThe city in Southeast Asia: patterns, processes, policyRecommendedRimmer, Peter J and Dick, HW 2008NUS PRESS
ReadingsUrban future 21RecommendedHall, P and Pfeiffer, U 2000E & F SPON PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Acquire a sophisticated analytical knowledge of urbanisation and urbanisms of the 21st century with a special focus on Asia-Pacific Region

Activities:
Minor individual research project and 1500-word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

02. Analyse and critically assess Asia-Pacific cities using typologies relating to urban development, urban life and urban cultures

Activities:
Minor individual research project , Group research project and presentation, 1500-word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking

03. Develop and expansively apply the critical insights of the subject and the group learning exercise in written assignments on a research topic

Activities:
1500-word research essay - this assignment applies and consolidates critical knowledge and content of the subject
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Life-Long Learning
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Critical Thinking
Teamwork

04. Organise and critically evaluate a range of information and knowledge available on the web into a coherent and interesting homepage using a range of media

Activities:
Group research project and presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Speaking
Life-Long Learning
Writing
Teamwork
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

05. Participate at an advanced level in the group presentation of this homepage to peers in class

Activities:
Group research project and presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking

06. Work in teams (and show leadership in groupwork) to apply this knowledge acquisition and analytical framework to specific cities

Activities:
Group research project and presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Teamwork
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

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