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Certificate in Urbanization, Globalization and Development Studies

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The majority of the world's population now lives in cities. The process of urbanisation continues to accelerate and the development and maintenance of cities represents a substantial challenge for society and government in the developed and developing world alike. Recent research has also emphasised the important role cities play in driving productivity growth. Urban growth generates substantial demands for infrastructure and other investment, and creates the opportunity for new forms of social interaction, economic development and community engagement. This course introduces students to the major drivers of urban growth and change in cities in the developed and developing world, and the strategies used by governments to both better manage and direct that growth. It considers the role of planning regimes in directing both growth and decline and considers important concepts in urban analysis, including social justice, gender equity, demographic transition and sustainability. Through the course students will be introduced to the historical legacy and traditions of planning as a profession, current trends in planning policies and the relationship between land use planning and other forms of government intervention in the economy and society. The course will also critically examines the subject of globalization as it relates to urbanization, growth and development.

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Entry Requirements

Diploma and First Degree (Waiver: High School (O’Level) with minimum of 2 years work experience in a related field can apply).

Learning Outcomes

By the time you complete this course, you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the origins and present state of major global issues and the relevance among those issues

2. Clearly identify the difference between “internationalism” and “globalism

3. Identify different role players in the global society: individual persons, local communities, nation-states, and international organizations;

4. Use extensive statistical sources

5. Identify the roles they should take in their lives to cope with global issues such as environmental deterioration, population explosion, and wealth gap.

Course Outline

What is urbanisation and why does it matter

History of Urbanisation

Trends in and drivers of urbanization

Impacts of urbanisation: Housing

Impacts of urbanisation: ageing

Impacts of urbanisation: Culture and migration

Impacts of urbanisation: Environment

Implications for future urban development: urban sustainability

Urban sustainability

Urban sustainability and wrap up

Introduction to globalization

The many faces of globalization

Structures of the global economy

Introduction to selected global issues:

Political, e.g., international war and conflict, nationalism and security, migrations, ethnic and religious conflicts, human rights, terrorism, international policing and new world order.

Economic, e.g., food and hunger, development, employment, housing, disease and medical care, education, transportation, sanitation, transnational business, resource extraction, disparity of wealth.

Environmental, e.g., air and water pollution, deforestation, soil depletion, species extinction, urban growth, population growth, toxic waste, natural resource depletion.

Technological, e.g., nuclear accidents, energy crisis, information age, regional disparity, future directions.

Social, e.g., cultural imperialism, human rights, ethnic cleansing, multiculturalism, family structures, property rights, religious conflicts.

The above issues are to be discussed relative to their origin, scope, interconnectedness and consequences.

Survey of historical and current literature that seeks to theoretically identify, place and understand the dynamics of global issues.

Examination of efforts to address and resolve global issues, whether on a national, regional, or international level, whether through governmental or non-governmental organizations and processes.

Colonial and post colonial development

Capitalism and multi-national corporations

Capitalism and development states


Due to emerging global trends, changes in the world and globalization across borders, our course outline, regularly change from time to time to meet up with this development and gives you leverage in a competitive world.

Teaching Methodology

The concepts in this course will be taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and dialogue around cases, with emphasis on active learning. A case is a comprehensive exposition of a real managerial situation describing a set of problems and requiring a plan of action. The case method provides a pragmatic framework for the learning process. Its success depends heavily on student preparation and active participation in class discussions.

Course Assessment

To complete this course successfully, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course. This will include assignments and option test exam.

Study Modes

Classroom Online

4 Weeks

2 Weeks

Study Tips

  • 1. Come to class regularly and on time
  • 2. Be fully prepared and ready to participate in every class.
  • 3. Find learning and positive experiences with your classmates and the instructor.
  • 4. Read, prepare and turn in your assignments on time.
  • 5. If asked by the instructor to give your opinion on a topic, give your best answer.
  • 6. Willingly and unselfishly share your ideas, experiences, and opinions to the class.
  • 7. Appreciate the opinions and values of your classmates and be respectful
  • 8. Don’t be noisy; don’t interrupt anyone and do well to keep your argument professional.
  • 9. Keep what happens in class professional and confidential.
  • 10. If you cannot make it to class, please let the instructor know in advance.

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