This course will give you a comprehensive introduction to a theory and science of cities. Many different perspectives developed by urban researchers, systems theorists, complexity theorists, urban planners, geographers and transport engineers will be considered, such as spatial interactions and transport models, urban economic theories, scaling laws and the central place theory for systems of cities, growth, migration, etc., to name a few. The course will also focus on physical planning and urban policy analysis as has been developed in western countries during the last 100 years.
This class runs during term one, for two hours per week.
Assessment is by coursework (2,500 – 3,000 words).
The indicative reading list for this module can be viewed at Smart Systems Theory reading list