• Class Number 4368
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Beck Pearse
    • Beck Pearse
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Intensifying processes of urbanisation worldwide mean that cities will dominate the twenty-first century. This course explores some of the profound changes that are currently taking place in cities and evaluates what this means for understanding contemporary social transformation. Through a range of case studies, this course investigates how cities are the sites of some of the most significant technological, ecological, social and cultural challenges of our time. It introduces a range of critical urban theories that can help to explain these diverse challenges, in addition to pinpointing some progressive political and ethical responses that might improve the liveability and sustainability of cities as they swell in scale and diversity. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand historical and contemporary sociological accounts of cities and urbanisation;
  2. evaluate the contribution that the discipline of sociology makes to the study of social transformation and social inequality in cities;
  3. identify different forms of social transformation in cities and analyse their diverse effects; and
  4. reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the key themes, debates and theories of the course.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction. Urban sociology and environmental history (22 Feb)
2 Cities, colonialism and empire (1 Mar)
3 Global cities, global inequalities (8 Mar)
4 Community and public space (15 Mar)
5 Urban planning and growth dilemmas (22 Mar)
6 Group project workshop. Canberra case study (29 Mar)
7 Housing and energy (19 Apr)
8 Work and migration (26 Apr)
9 Transport and climate (3 May)
10 Water and food (10 May)
11 Protesting and policing (17 May)
12 Review

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Tutorial paper (20%) 20 % * 1
Canberra case study (30%) 30 % 14/04/2023 2, 3
Research essay (40%) 40 % 02/06/2023 1, 2, 3,
Participation (10%) 10 % * 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Tutorial paper (20%)

Length: 1 double-sided sheet of paper hand-out, 2 slides.

Value: 10%

Students will be asked to work in pairs/groups to deliver a 10-minute presentation critically summarising the main argument/s of one of the course readings (either

a required reading or chosen from the list of supplementary resources). Presentations will take place at the start of tutorials, and students can self-select which session they would like to present in (depending on student numbers/presentation slots available). All presentations and written hand-outs should pose 1-2 questions to help open up class discussion.

Further information and a marking rubric will be available on Wattle at course commencement.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 14/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Canberra case study (30%)

Word length: 1500 words

Value: 30%

Due date: 5pm Friday 14 April

Details of task:

In this assessment, you are being asked to apply the theories and ways of framing the city discussed so far in the course to a real-life example from Canberra. You will be marked on your ability to critically ‘unpack’ one of the three examples of spaces/places in Canberra below, and describe some of the social, cultural, governmental and economic dynamics that shape that space and the way people live in, or use it.

Select and analyse one of the following:

  1. Any public space in Canberra that interests you;
  2. A residential housing case study in Canberra; or
  3. The Kambri development at ANU.

Further details on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 02/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3,

Research essay (40%)

Word length: 2500 words

Value: 50%

Due date: 5pm Friday 2 June

Details of task: 

This essay assesses your ability to engage with sociological approaches to understanding the city and urban transformation that we have discussed in the course. Chose one of the following topics:

  • Gentrification
  • Changes to public space
  • Residential segregation and inequity
  • Security and policing
  • Transport and mobility
  • Employment patterns
  • Migrant rights
  • Essential services and infrastructure
  • Environmental change and disasters

Further details on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

Participation (10%)

Students are expected to contribute to class discussion in the interactive seminars. Your participation mark will be based on your contribution to the seminar classes. If you are unable to attend seminars on Wednesdays 10-1pm, please consider taking a different elective course or enrolling in SOCY2035 in a year during your candidature that you can participate in the course fully.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Beck Pearse

Research Interests

Climate and energy policy; inequalities; rural land and labour issues in the 'net zero' economy and society.

Beck Pearse

By Appointment
Beck Pearse

Research Interests

Beck Pearse

By Appointment

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