• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
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This course is designed to develop deeper understanding of the concept, patterns, causes, processes and impact of urbanisation in developing countries, and how cities in the world have responded to the challenges. The course examines the role of urbanisation in the broader process of economic and social development. We will examine how urbanisation has challenged the established policies, governance in cities/communities affected. We will examine the role of different stakeholders, such as families, communities, markets, the state and others in terms of shaping the process of urbanisation and cope with the housing pressure, limited land supply, geographical and environmental constraints.
The course will address questions including:
What would be decent living conditions for migrant populations?
What kinds of needs and rights should migrants enjoy? Who decides on these issues?
Who should take on the responsibility to improve living conditions for migrant populations?
How to prioritise or allocate resources to deal with complicated challenges in relation to migrant settlement?
How do stakeholders coordinate and collaborate?
How to deal with the challenges of urbanisation when facing environmental constraints and the trends of aging society?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


After taking the course, the students are expected to get familiar with the cutting edge and innovative research that are taking place in this field. In this field, be familiar with the key issues and be able to write research papers based on the case studies to address the following questions:

·         What are the problems and difficulties urbanisation has caused?

·         Who decide these problems to be “problems of the society”?

·         Who are responsible for solving these “problems”?

·         Where does the money come from?

·         How to get multiple stakeholders to work together to solve a set of such complex issues that are so entangled with each other?

·         How to deal with the issues of urbanisation when a society also faces other challenges such as environmental constraints, population aging or economic growth/recession?

Learning Outcomes: 

On completion of the course, students can develop a better understanding of the driving forces behind and characteristics of urbanisation in developing countries, its impact on broader development processes, the challenges of urbanisation to different social groups and the coping strategies. 

Through interactive teaching and case presentations, the students should be able to make use of the relevant theories to develop an argument and write an analytical research paper based on real life cases. 

Indicative Assessment

1. Presentation and tutorial performance (10%)

2. Short Essay (30%)

3. Long essay (60% - redeemable)

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The course will involve 1 hour lecture, and 1.5 hour case studies with student presentations and discussions.  The course is highly interactive, and students will be expected to contribute to the course actively


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4287 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 Blended N/A

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