Course Selection Advice

Course Sequencing – Think Ahead!

It is recommended that students contemplating an Urban Studies major complete YSS2220 Adelaide to Zhuhai either in Semester Two of Year 1 or Semester One of Year 2, and preferably before they declare into the major.

For Urban Studies majors and minors, YSS2220 Adelaide to Zhuhai should be taken no later than Semester One of Year 3, and cannot be taken in Year 4. Students not majoring in Urban Studies, and for whom urban topics may be new, may take YSS2220 Adelaide to Zhuhai in Year 4, as an elective.

YSS2220 Adelaide to Zhuhai should be completed before the required YSS3222 Urban Theory, although they can be taken concurrently. YSS3222 Urban Theory normally should be completed by end of Year 3.

Methods requirements.
Students in Urban Studies are required to complete two methods courses, at least. These are courses with a strong emphasis on skill development. One of these methods courses must be tagged as meeting a “spatial reasoning” requirement. Preferably, these courses should be completed  by the end of Year 3.

We strongly recommend students take the following methods course combination:
• YSS3273 Geospatial & Demographic Methods (GIS)
• YSS3231 Methods Social Science.

However, students can mix and match their methods choices, according to what skills they want to acquire, their talents, and what they may need for their capstone study. For example, a student with more visual and design interests might select this combination:
• YSS3235: Urban Spatial Analysis and Representation
• YSS3231 Methods Social Science

Students can also take more than two methods courses if they wish, switching a methods course in for a topical course, with the permission of the Head of Study.

Please discuss your course choices with your Advisor or Head of Study.

Planning for Study Abroad in Year 3
For study abroad in Semester One of Year 3: Students should ideally complete YSS2220 Cities A to Z and YSS3222 Urban Theory by the end of Year 2.
For study abroad in Semester Two of Year 3: Students should ideally complete YSS2220 Cities A to Z and YSS3222 Urban Theory in Year 3, before you leave for study abroad.