Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE GEO3006

 
TITLE Urbanisation and Development

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Geography

 
DESCRIPTION This study unit introduces the history of settlement from the Neolithic age to the present, secondly the theories developed through monitoring the process of urbanisation and finally the concepts that underlie urbanisation and how they influenced the management of towns and cities.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- provide knowledge about the development of the urban environments.
- define the range of meanings attached to urban environments.
- chart the spread of settlements from hamlets to towns.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- understand the pressures of development.
- demonstrate a knowledge of the main urban geography theories.
- integrate the role of transport systems into the urban environment.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- analyze the problems in mega-cities.
- examine the role of the maritime city network within communications by sea.
- question the extent to which cultural heritage is take care of with the rapid growth of towns.

Reading List:

Carter, H. (2002) The study of Urban geography. London, Collins.
Fainstein, S. Cambell, S. (2001) Readings in Urban Theory. Blackwell.
Garreau, J (1991) Edge City: Life on the new frontier Doubleday, New York.
Herbert, D. and Thomas, C. (1997) Cities in Space: Cities as Place David Fulton Publishers.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Fieldwork No 50%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 50%

 
LECTURER/S Maria Attard
John A. Schembri

 
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