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Planetary Urbanisation: Global Challenges in a Changing World

Understanding the Global Challenges of a Changing World

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Planetary Urbanisation: Global Challenges in a Changing World

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Why join the course?

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?

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    When would you like to start?

    • Date to be announced

    What will you achieve?

    • Discuss important urban challenges facing societies globally
    • Explain planetary urbanisation and how it differs from other forms of urbanisation historically
    • Discuss whether planetary urbanisation is in action in your city
    • Explore how urban experiences are differently experienced across time and space
    • Demonstrate the value of intercultural learning

    Who is the course for?

    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.

    Who will you learn with?

    Niamh Moore-Cherry

    Associate Prof. Niamh Moore-Cherry is based in the School of Geography, University College Dublin (Ireland). She is an urban geographer and her research is focused on understanding cities.

    Niall Traynor

    I'm a PhD student with the School of Geography in UCD, Ireland. I'm interested in the Geographies of Southeast Asia and am researching how urban improvements in Ho Chi Minh City impact street vendors.

    Who developed the course?

    UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide.

    Free:

    • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
    • No certificate

    Upgraded:

    • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
    • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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    • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
    • Celebrate your hard work
    • Display on your Linkedin or CV

    To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.