Course Selection Advice

Course Sequencing – Think Ahead!

It is recommended that students contemplating an Urban Studies major complete YSS2220 Adelaide to Zhuhai (Cities AtoZ) 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.  They can be taken concurrently, but this is not advised. YSS3222 Urban Theory normally should be completed by end of Year 3.

Pathways
There are no formal sub-specialisations in Urban Studies, but you can concentrate your interests by thinking about your course selection. Types of concentration that are possible in Urban Studies are:

• social and cultural life of the city
• development and urbanisation
• environmental and public health aspects of urbanisation
• design and architectural aspects urban form
• political and economic aspects of urban transformation

Methods Courses
Students in Urban Studies are required to complete two methods courses. 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, your methods courses should be completed by the end of Year 3, so you have the tools you need to do your capstone project.

Students can mix and match their methods choices, according to what skills they want to acquire, their talents, their career ambitions, and what they may need to prepare for the capstone. Here are some recommended pathways through the methods requirements.

Most students in Urban Studies make their methods selection from the following courses:
• YSS3273 Geospatial & Demographic Methods (spatial reasoning tag)
• YSS3235: Urban Spatial Representation (spatial reasoning tag)

• YSS3231 Methods Social Science

YSS3231 Methods Social Science is a very good course to do in Year 3 as it helps you design a research topic – a topic that might form your capstone! It can be combined with one or more of the spatial reasoning courses. For example:

Students with an intereest in social aspects of the city might do this methods combination:

• YSS3273 Geospatial & Demographic Methods (GIS)
• YSS3231 Methods Social Science

Students with an interest in visual and design aspects of the city might do this methods combination:

• YSS3235: Urban Spatial Representation
• YSS3231 Methods Social Science

Students wishing to delve deep into the spatial reasoning of urban studies might do this methods combination:

• YSS3235: Urban Spatial Representation
• YSS3273 Geospatial & Demographic Methods (GIS)

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.

Students in Urban Studies can also fulfill one of their methods requirements by taking one of these cross-listed courses:
• YSS2211 Econometrics
• YHU3276 The Historian’s Craft
• YHU2223 Documentary Photography
• YSS3202 Ethnography

Students should discuss their methods choices with their Advisor or the 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.