Sub-major - Geography and Urban Studies

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1027.1

This version of the specialisation is available only to continuing or completing students.

Related Courses

1667.1 Bachelor of Social Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

In 2013 this sub-major replaced by SM1093.1 Geography and Urban Studies. Students in this Sub-major examine the geography of contemporary Australian cities and regions. Geography is the integrated study of people, places and environments. The cutting edge interests of today’s Geographers include post-colonialism, the emergence of global information economies, indigenous issues, class and cultural disparities, population movement, sexuality and space, and the global diffusion of popular culture. Urban Studies is a newer discipline focused on social justice within the city, through its critical assessments of peoples’ access to scarce urban resources, such as housing, transport, education and employment. The political, economic, and cultural forces that shape cities and urban policy are the key concerns of the Urban Studies curriculum.These applied interests in urban well-being and city structure are the intellectual basis for the Urban Planning profession. The Geography and Urban Studies Sub-major is a compulsory component of the University’s accredited Planning course.


Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Bankstown Campus Internal ssap@uws.edu.au
Penrith Campus Internal ssap@uws.edu.au

Sub-major Structure

Students must complete four of the following units

Autumn session

101589 Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies
101590 Cultural and Social Geographies
101593 Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems
101645 Transport, Access and Equity

Spring session

101646 Analysis of Spatial Data
101694 Geographies of Migration
101592 Housing Markets and Policy
101591 The Economics of Cities and Regions

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