Planetary Urbanisation: Global Challenges in a Changing World
University College Dublin
  • Start Date: 23 Oct, 2017
  • 5 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Whether you live in a city or not, urbanisation affects you. Learn more about the impact and challenge of urbanisation worldwide.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility


Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

70% of the world’s population will soon be urban - learn more

The nature and form of urbanisation is rapidly changing. New cities form while others decline, urban development enhances economic chances for some but challenges quality of life for others. This course focuses on planetary urbanisation, the idea that whether living in cities or not, most of the world’s 7 billion people are impacted by the processes of urbanisation. The core question addressed during this module is:

What challenges does planetary urbanisation present in different geographical settings and how can cities be made more liveable for future generations?

The key questions we address are:

  • What is urbanisation?

  • What is planetary urbanisation?

  • What kinds of challenges face cities globally today?

  • What might future cities look like?

  • In addressing this students will be asked to consider how is planetary urbanisation different?
    How are we responding to global urban challenges?
    Will future cities be more liveable?

    This course is aimed at the equivalent of first or second year undergraduate students. It is an introductory module and no prior knowledge of urban studies, geography, sociology or planning is required. All we ask is that you are interested in why cities are so important in the contemporary world and that you are prepared to engage with other students to share your ideas and learning.

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    University College Dublin

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