ENVPL101-19B (HAM)

Future Cities

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

Placement Coordinator(s)

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Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

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: jillene.bydder@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Urban areas are under increased pressure from population growth, development, natural hazards and climate change. These pressures are set to continue into the future, if not to accentuate, and pose considerable challenges for both planning new urban areas and retrofitting existing ones. This paper focuses on these challenges whilst providing a broad introduction and underpinning knowledge emphasising the scope, complexity and integrated nature of environmental planning in the New Zealand context and elsewhere. The paper analyses a differing environmental planning problem each week, discusses the reasons for its existence, the pressures it creates, the approaches to addressing it, and the future trends. For example, one week may discuss climate change impacts on cities, a following may discuss green-infrastructure in cities, while another focuses on liveability in cities. These issues are however, interconnected, and by the end of the paper students will better understand the complexity of environmental planning. This broad approach highlights the wide scope of planning influences, that will be designed to complement more focused and deep study of planning issues in later years and foster a more contextual understanding of the integrated nature of future interventions to address critical planning challenges.
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Paper Structure

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The paper will be delivered through 2 lectures (3 hours total) each week.

Students should attend all scheduled lectures. The final examination for this paper will test student's understanding of all the lectures.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Identify and discuss differing perspectives on the pressures on global cities
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  • 2. Identify and explain the ways that urban areas fulfil various functions
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  • 2. Demonstrate understanding of contemporary urban debates
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  • 4. Discuss, in the context of contemporary urban discourse, the contested nature of future cities
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  • 5. Demonstrate awareness of how environmental planning can better manage future cities
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Assessment

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Learning Journal

The Learning Journal combined entries is worth 30% of student's total marks (3 points per entry). This is a reflective individual assessment that documents student's weekly learning about each environmental planning problem discussed throughout the paper. The word limit is 300 words for each week/ topic entry (paper weeks 2-6 and 9-13, totaling 10 entries). Reflections should be based on both lecture content and at least one reading per topic each week from the reading list. The purpose of the learning journal is to enable students to concisely reflect upon the problems discussed each week and to ensure relative weighting with other assessment components. Material in excess of the 300 word limit per entry will not be marked.

Entries in the Learning Journal are due every second Tuesday (first entries are due on paper week 4, last entries are due on paper week 12) and must be submitted electronically through Moodle.

In-class mini workshops

There will be 4 in-class mini group workshops (up to 3 students), worth 5% each. The workshops are spaced throughout the course and designed to cover material taught in lectures and contained in the readings. Workshops will involve the application of block of learnings/topics to a hypothetical greenfield or brownfield development in Hamilton. The workshops will be held on Friday classes as set out in the schedule of lectures.

City Profile

The City Profile is worth 20% of student's total marks. This is a group assessment (minimum of 4 and maximum of 4 students per group) that documents how different cities (nationally and internationally) are tackling environmental planning problems discussed throughout the paper. The City Profile is to be presented in the format of an A4 size brochure containing info-graphics that summarise the group's research. The word limit is 2000 words. The purpose of the City Profile is to enable students to concisely describe how different cities are currently dealing with one of the problems discussed each week and to ensure relative weighting with other assessment components. Material in excess of the 2000 word limit will not be marked.

The City Profile is due on Friday 4 October and must be submitted electronically through Moodle as all assessments will be subject to electronic scrutiny for plagiarism.

Exam

The exam is worth 30% and is held at the conclusion of the course during the exam period. Failure in attending Exam will result in an IC grade. The date of the exam will be advised at a later date. The exam will consist of a mix of short and long answer questions.

Long answers will be assessed according to how well they:

  • address the question which was asked;
  • involve sound reasoning, and relevant supporting evidence;
  • give examples that are relevant and show student's understand of the question;
  • have a clear and logical structure (e.g. it should progress logically from introduction, to main body, and conclusion, with the linkages between parts of the argument clearly shown);
  • use concepts correctly;
  • show legible writing, correct spelling, grammar, & punctuation.

A lecture in the last week of the course will be a revision session to prepare for the exam.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Mini-workshop 1
26 Jul 2019
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Learning Journal Entry 1
30 Jul 2019
11:30 PM
6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Learning Journal Entry 2
13 Aug 2019
11:30 PM
6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Mini-Workshop 2
16 Aug 2019
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
5. Learning Journal Entry 3
10 Sep 2019
11:30 PM
6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Mini-workshop 3
20 Sep 2019
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
7. Learning Journal Entry 4
24 Sep 2019
11:30 PM
6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. City Profile
4 Oct 2019
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Learning Journal Entry 5
8 Oct 2019
11:30 PM
6
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
10. Mini-workshop 4
11 Oct 2019
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
11. Exam
30
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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1. Course Readings List on Moodle and on course readings list via Library.
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Recommended Readings

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Further recommended reading will be advised during semester.
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Online Support

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Moodle: This paper is supported through Moodle http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/. Important information about the paper will be provided to
students via Moodle. Lecture notes will be posted prior to each class. They will be thorough, but not a complete substitute for attendance in
class. Student's grades will also be accessible through Moodle once work has been assessed.
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Workload

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Students should attend all scheduled lectures. The final examination for this paper will test student's understanding of all the lectures. Students
should count on spending a minimum of 150 hours on the paper. Student's work load should amount to an average of 9-10 hours per week (including the mid-semester break and study week).
Silvia Serrao-Neumann is the course convenor of the paper and will be available to answer course queries. Students having difficulty with
completing their assignments on time, attending lectures or understanding lectures, should seek an appointment with the course convenor.
Lecture notes will be available on Moodle. Please note, however, that lecture notes will not give students a record of what was said and discussed in class, and students are likely to learn more if they attend the lectures.
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