PLAN40390 Sustainable Cities

Academic Year 2023/2024

The overall goal of this module is to introduce students to the role of cities in promoting future sustainable development. The module explores the multifaceted role that cities plays in interacting with ideas of sustainability across the social, economic, environmental and governance pillars of the UN sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This module is a core module for those registered for the M.Sc. in Sustainable Development run in partnership with UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); it is also a core module on the Masters of Regional and Urban Planning. All students registered for this module will have full access to the digital resources of the SDG Academy as well as access to the UN SDSN Network.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion students will be:

1. Understand the nexus between cities and future sustainable development;
2. Understand how cities influence the four key pillars of the SDGs;
3. Be familiar with best practice approaches to improving sustainability in cities.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Lecture
- Group work
- Multimedia videos 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Group-based policy brief Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Students will complete an an assessment using SDG Academy online materials. Week 10 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 16:00 - 17:50