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SRA742 - Urban Perspectives

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Surabhi Pancholi




Incompatible with: SRA442
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 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin and includes 5 x 1 hour scheduled online seminars per trimester.


This unit is the study of ideas, forces and processes affecting the planning and making of cities. It includes the history and ideology of town planning, various processes for the generation of urban form and management of city functions and its design, taking into consideration both the physical and cultural contexts in the making of urban form. Principal topics include the built form of the city, the notion of the 'good' city, and the relationships between built form, culture and space.

The Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs) listed below describe what you are expected to have achieved on completion of this unit. Each ULO relates to one or more of the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs)
which describe the knowledge and capabilities you should acquire and be able to apply and demonstrate at the completion of your course (see below). Not all of the GLOs are developed and assessed in every unit.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain historical developments of human settlements and their patterns

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Analyse and report on the intentions and processes of town planning & urban design

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy


Investigate natural, socio-cultural, experiential and economic contexts of cities in their planning
development and making

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop and present sensibility for qualitative differences of urban spaces and practices
including the sense of place or place-ness of a setting

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication


Apply knowledge of relationships with related disciplines in planning, developing, and improving the urban environment.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply knowledge of human settlement patterns to examine the precedents of city form and design
which have shaped, and continue to shape Australian cities.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking

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


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Structured image display 15-image visual display and accompanied summary (500-words maximum) 30% Week 4
Visual display Visual A1 sized display and text (500-words maximum) 30% Week 7

Poster and narration 

Collaborative A1 poster and visual essay (1,000-word maximum), and the choice of a video or PowerPoint presentation (2-minute maximum) 40% (20%, 20%) 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: SRA742 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.

Unit Fee Information

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