Engineering: HEQSF 8 Courses
- Urban Infrastructure
- Urban Economic Development Processes
- Special Topics in Sustainable Change
- Housing Development & Management
Convener: Dr N Odendaal (HEQSF level 8, 12 NQF credits)
Course entry requirements: None, Elective for students in BAS (Hons)
Course outline: The focus of this course is infrastructure and human settlements as structuring elements in the ongoing development and evolution of cities. The central purpose of the course is to introduce students to a range of factors which effect the growth and development of settlement space. The spatial scope ranges from regional systems of settlements to the organisation or structure of individual settlements. The emphasis is on breadth rather than the depth. Students examine how different actors influence urban systems and the role of infrastructure in enabling urban transition.
Convener: Prof V Watson (HESQF level 8, 12 NQF credits)
Course Entry Requirements: None
Course Outline: This course aims to develop an understanding of the economic (formal and informal) drivers of contemporary urban development processes; relevant actors and institutions, the role of planning in urban economic growth and change. Land/property-related factors shaping urban development are also covered.
Convener: Professor S Harrison (HEQSF level 8, 16 NQF credits)
Course outline: This course focuses on the rise to global prominence of the challenge of sustainability in general and sustainable development in particular. Course topics include: the meaning of sustainability and sustainable development; key elements of the environmental crisis; key elements of the global economy and the nature of inequality; an introduction to deep ecology; fault lines and application.
Convener: R McGaffin (HEQSF level 8, 16 NQF credits)
Course outline: This course aims to conceptualise housing as a multi-dimensional asset. Students will be guided to: define the housing problem and assess various policy intervention undertaken internationally and locally to date; based on the problem statement propose sound interventions drawing on theory and evidence, and undertake a financial viability study of a housing project.