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AIG300 - Australian Urban Geography: National and International Perspectives


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Michele Lobo




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

 1 x 2-hour class per week plus excursion: One full day in the field (7-hours per trimester)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week and one full-day excursion (7-hours per trimester)


This unit seeks to provide a foundational overview of the history, theory and practice of urban geography in Australia and internationally. The unit will begin with a consideration of urbanisation in the contemporary world before detailing the various ways in which urban geographers have approach the study of cities over the last century. The unit will then focus on a number of key dimensions which structure cities in Australia, North America and Asia – their economies, politics, culture and social order – using Australian cities as a basis of comparison with others.

Finally, the unit will engage with a range of contemporary issues which bedevil Australian urban planners – residential segregation, urban renewal, economic viability, mobility and environmental sustainability – and some of their solutions.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes)


Demonstrate a command of Urban Geography, including its perspective, theoretical traditions and skills

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Explain the origins and operations of cities across the globe, in particular Australian cities as they compare with North American and Asian cities

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Analyse key ways in which Australian cities are structured - their economies, politics, cultures and social orders

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Evaluate and address contemporary challenges in the planning of Australian cities - their residential segregation, renewal, sustainability and economic viability

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Seminar/Online Exercises 1500 words 30% Week 3
Assessment 2 (Group) - Report 1000 words 30% Week 5
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 1500 words 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIG300 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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