Urban Research Centre

Urban Challenges: Developing Sustainable PlacesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101311.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Foundations of industry economics

About this Unit
In 2010 this unit replaced by 101636 - Developing Sustainable Places. This unit deals with the globalisation of the economy and the increasing 'regionalisation' of economic activity and the challenges they bring to the work of urban managers and planners. The unit will provide a solid understanding of the social, econimic, industrial, technological, employment, environmental and innovation factors affecting urban development. Students will learn how labour markets, industry knowledge intensity, environmental innovation, industrial restructuring; design of living places and business networks shape patterns of local and regional development. An important competence to be built by the students is the capacity to analyse global forces acting at the local level and how to provide the strategies needed to deal with these forces in a sustainable way.

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