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SSUD71-237: Infrastructure and City Economics


The subject explores the role of economic development and city planning in the development of soft and hard infrastructure that leads to economic prosperity for urban centres. The subject develops a comprehensive understanding of land development markets within cities. It then focuses on levels of governance and private investment responsible for infrastructure development and evaluates key drivers including political, social and environmental challenges in the realisation of infrastructure implementation. This subject will enable students to critically assess the socio-political context and explain key urban theory such as urban consolidation, environmental conservation offsets and the imporatance of building future capacity within infrastructure. Students engage with real live projects, stakeholders and a range of practitioners while participating in interactive lectures and blended learning activities. The students participate in online activities and reflective professional practice activities to build relevant experience in the design and land development industry.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,710
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710

Learning outcomes

1. Explain and evaluate the links between land use and infrastructure development
2. Develop professional consultancy skills relevant to both private and public practice such as communication, ethical standards and research capabilities.
3. Undertake extensive research, data analysis, innovate in problem solving and presentation methods
4. Comprehension of the relationship between economic prosperity, sustainable development and infrastructure provision.
5. Understanding of how funding partnerships for infrastructure enhances the standards of service and timing of infrastructure implementation.

Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021