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GEOS2123: The Geography of Cities and Regions

This unit provides students with the conceptual frameworks and practical skills to understand and analyse processes of urbanisation in contemporary cities, in all their diversity and dynamism. The Unit has three main components. The first set of lectures considers some the key urbanisation processes shaping cities today, including colonisation, globalisation, informalisation and financialisation. The second set of lectures considers a range of everyday practices that take place in cities, including dwelling, commuting, policing and more. These lectures are complemented by a full-day field-trip in the Sydney region, which will examine how processes and practices come together in places, through observation and interpretation. Lectures and field trips will be supported by weekly tutorials, which facilitate discussion of key concepts and reflections on lecture material.

Code GEOS2123
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS1X01 or GEOS1X02 or DAAE1001

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the meaning and contextual usage of key terms used by human geographers (and other social scientists) in the analysis of urban and regional processes
  • LO2. use field observation as a method for analysing urban landscapes
  • LO3. undertake academic literature searches and be aware of the conventions relating to academic literature
  • LO4. undertake problem-solving research into urban and regional issues
  • LO5. appraise issues relating to contemporary urban and regional debates.