20 HEQF credits at level 9.

Convener: Professor E Pieterse.

Course outline: Urbanisation; spatial structuring forces. Problems and issues of developing cities; poverty, exclusion, informality, livelihoods, economic development, governance and infrastructure.

Assessment: Take home paper 50%, assignments 50%.


Convener: Professor H Von Brottnitz.

20 HEQF credits at level 9; 1-week block-release contact.

Course outline: The quest for sustainable development is a major contemporary challenge. A fundamental condition for achieving this is restructuring the processes of production-consumption-waste generation within urban/industrial complexes. This transdisciplinary course explores the need for, and ways of, undertaking ‘restructuring’, including the following: the imperative of Sustainable Development; physical constraints based on energy and mass balances and thermodynamics; General Systems Theory with respect to the interactions between industrial/Urban systems and ecological systems; Environmental/Ecological Economics; the concept of Industrial/Urban metabolism; case studies of Industrial and Urban Ecology in practice; institutional constraints and Decision Making Tools for Industrial/Urban sustainability.

Assessment: Essay 35%, project 65%.

END5043Z COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT  (12 – 16 August 2013)

Convener: Dr. M Brown-Luthango.

20 HEQF credits at level 9.

Course outline: Sustainable livelihood, participation, governance, partnerships, development action plans, survey methods.

Assessment: Take home paper 50%, assignments 50%.

CIV5065Z URBAN RENEWAL (7-11 October 2013)

20 HEQF credits at level 9.

Convener: Professor E Pieterse.

Course outline: Urban renewal context and policy; informal settlement upgrading; ‘township’ revitalisation; city centre regeneration; municipal engineering services; community services; housing.

Assessment: Take home paper 50%, assignments 50%.



Integrated Land-Use and Transport Planning (END5038Z) (28 January – 1 February 2013) (20 credits)

Theoretical perspectives on the relationship between transport systems and urban activity systems. Co-evolution of transport systems and urban form. Sustainable transport and the problem of ‘automobile dependent’ cities. Planning paradigms and rationales for public intervention into land use and transport systems. Legislative, institutional and financial frameworks for land use and transport planning in South Africa. Conceptual framing and practical application of approaches to integrated land use-transport planning in the South African context. Local and international case studies and experiences. (

Advanced Infrastructure Management (CIV5067Z) (15-19 April 2013) 20 credits

This module considers topics such as context and need for MIM; institutional requirements; the MIM process; preparing an MIM plan; data requirements for MIM. (

Project Implementation and Management (CON5016Z) (TBC 2009) (20 credits)

The need for planning which include the rules for planning and control; scope management, project strategy, project methodology; project scheduling techniques; project budgeting; change management and project integration. (

Integrated Urban Water Management (CIV5107Z) (28 October -1 November 2009) (20 credits)

This module looks at the management of the urban water cycle as a single system. Focusing mainly on the management of water supply, sanitation and urban drainage, it considers the social imperatives, the technical options, the environmental considerations and the economic challenges with a view to promoting increased sustainability.(

Local Area Transport Planning, Management and Design (END5036Z) (18 November – 22 Novmber 2013) (20 credits)

The planning and implementation of transport improvements at a local area (as opposed to citywide) scale. Urban design, landscaping and geometric design of streets. The design and management of local area movement networks. Accommodating pedestrians, bicycles and persons with movement disabilities in local area movement networks. (