Length Length

9 modules released weekly, with 3 catch-up weeks

Effort Effort

4-6 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English, Hindi

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

URBAN SYSTEMS
An overview of governance, land management, utilities, and other entities

that make up urban systems

URBAN SYSTEMS
EMERGING SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
How technology is shaping transportation, energy, urban resilience, and more

EMERGING SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
THE HUMAN FACTOR
Understanding how poverty, health, economic opportunity, and other issues impact

urban systems and development

THE HUMAN FACTOR
CASE STUDIES
London, Durban, Mumbai,

and beyond

CASE STUDIES

Overview

This course will next be offered starting January 28, 2019. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to be notified when this course will be open for enrollment.

Did you know that experts estimate an additional three billion people will live in cities by 2050? What will the impact be on the the current world population – half of which currently lives in cities and contributes to about three-fourths of global economic output? The opportunities are vast – but so, too, are the potential issues.

In the massive open online course Sustainable Cities, you will learn about the major challenges currently faced by urban areas around the world – including poverty, unemployment, poor housing infrastructure, and constraints on productivity – and the extraordinary potential of these areas to enable change in the future. From infrastructure to culture to economic opportunity, learn how harnessing the power of urban development for global progress is imperative.

This course examines how urban sustainability can be delivered with increasing productivity and reduced inequality; provision of universal basic services and infrastructure; protection of the urban environments; and other solutions and investments, both speculative and in action around the world. You will emerge from this course understanding how governments, private stakeholders and other actors can improve urban development to heed the call of Sustainable Development Goal 11 – “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable“ by 2030.

This course was made possible through the generous support of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

  • Aromar Revi

    Aromar Revi

    Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

This course is for

Anyone interested in the concept of sustainable cities or smart cities – including those interested in the development of their own local community – who wants to understand the foundations of modern urban development

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in architecture, real estate development, sustainable development, sustainable business, international development, public policy, and other related fields

Sustainable development practitioners interested in the elements of sustainability that impact urban areas worldwide

Private-sector actors, such as those who work in real estate development, technology, telecommunications, transportation, or energy – whose work can contribute to and redefine urban areas

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course will be offered again starting January 28, 2019.

Credits: Curator and Lead Faculty - Aromar Revi
Programme Coordinator - Garima Jain
Media Directors - Subasri Krishnan and Yashodara Udupa
Teaching Assistant - Gargi Sen and Vineetha Nalla
Camera - Kunal Deshpande, Yashodara Udupa, and Zohrab Reys Gamat
Additional Camera: Isaac Berner
Light Assistance: Shekhar
Sound: Jamie D’silva and Rakesh U.P.
Additional Sound - Kunal Deshpande, Subasri Krishnan, Zohrab Reys Gamat
Editing - Sandhya Kumar, Vinay Ghodgeri, Yashodara Udupa and Zohrab Reys Gamat
Additional Editing - Sandeep Viswanath
Graphics - Radhamohini Prasad
Additional Assistance with Graphics - Arindam Jana, Charlotte Adelina P, Mohan Raju JS
Video and Sound Post-Production - Pradeep Nayak
Research Assistance - Aishwarya Balasubramanian, Ana Abbas, Anushree Deb, Amrita Chattopadhyay, Jaikishan Agarwal, Jessica George, Rahael Kuruvilla, Sarita Pillay, Sushmita Ramoji, Suman Barat, Teja Malladi
Additional Content Assistance - Neha Sami
Word Edit Support - Rekha Raghunathan, Nishtha Vadehra
Production - Ananth Kumar, Kailash Singh Rawat, Neelufer Aslam, Pancham Singh Rawat, Puttaswamy, Sanjay Kumar Pal, Sreejith Suresh
Location Production Assistance: Alicia Fortuin, Sfanele Ntuli, Siphiwe 'Zane' Silinda
Legal Assistance - Amlanjyoti Goswami, Kaye Lushington, Amrita Basu Mallik, Karuna Sharma
Transcription - Anurag Dasgupta, Asha Mavinasara, Masoom Parmar, Nikita Vidhyalankar, Satyavrat Krishnakumar, Shaurya Singh, Teesta Krishnan Sinha
Translations (Hindi) - Communication for Development and Learning (CDL)
Equipment hire - Adams, Vineet Videos, Wildclickz

Thanks to: African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town; Chulalongkorn University; Cities Alliance; Columbia University, Earth Institute; Curtin University; C40; eThekwini Municipality; Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales(FLACSO); ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Middlesex University; Mistra Urban Futures; Monash University; Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR); Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI); Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC); SEWA Bharat - All India Federation of Self Employed Women’s Association; Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI); The New School; United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG);UN-Habitat; Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

Acknowledgments: Angshuman Das; David McEwen; Holger Kuhle; Jahnavi G.H.; Mohammad Fayaz; Capt. K Pooja Vasanth (Retd); Rebecca Heines; Sandeep Kumar Mitra; Swastik Harish; Varalakshmi; Vidya Jindal

Producer: Chandrika Bahadur for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SDG Academy

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: The urban opportunity

1.1

The Urban Opportunity (Parts 1 & 2)

1.2

Cities as Centers of Cultural & Social Transformation (Parts 1 & 2)

1.3

The Challenge of Urban Politics, Planning and Governance (Parts 1 & 2)

1.4

Urban Research and Methods

1.5

Urban Theory and History

Module 2: What makes a city function?

2.1

Understanding Urban Systems

2.2

Municipal, Regional and National Governance

2.3

Urban Utilities and Services

2.4

Urban Public Finance and Taxation

2.5

Law, Order and Conflict

2.6

Land Management and Planning

2.7

Lessons from London and Mumbai on How Cities Function

Module 3: How can we reduce urban poverty and make cities inclusive and safe?

3.1

What is Urban Poverty?

3.2

New Ways to Measure Urban Poverty

3.3

Cities as Sites of Poverty Alleviation

3.4

What is Affordable and Adequate Housing?

3.5

Who Can Deliver the Housing We Need?

3.6

Safety and Violence

3.7

Urban Risks and Vulnerabilities

Module 4: How can we make cities productive and reduce inequality?

4.1

Cities as Loci of Production and Consumption

4.2

Women in the Informal Economy

4.3

Migration, Mobility and the Urban-Rural Continuum

4.4

Wealth and Inequality in Urban Areas

4.5

Case Study of SEWA, India

4.6

Migration and the Refugee Crisis

Module 5: How can we improve human development in cities?

5.1

Addressing the Challenges of Urban Public Health

5.2

Health Services and Planning Solutions for Improving Urban Health

5.3

Education and Skills

5.4

Higher Education in Cities

5.5

Gender in the City

5.6

Human Rights and Justice

5.7

Law and Equality

5.8

Apartheid and Planning in South African Cities

Module 6: How can we provide universal urban services and infrastructure?

6.1

Sustainable Environmental Services and Infrastructure

6.2

Sustainable Transport Planning

6.3

Information, Communication and Technology

6.4

Sustainable Urban Energy Systems

6.5

Sustainable Transport Planning: Bangkok

Module 7: How can the urban environment be protected and cities be made resilient?

7.1

Air, Water, Food and Natural Resources

7.2

Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities

7.3

How Do Cities Accumulate Risk Exposure?

7.4

Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation

7.5

Building Urban Resilience

7.6

Environmental Planning, Management and the Politics of Change

7.7

Sustainable Environmental Practices: Durban

7.8

Urban Disaster Risk Management

7.9

Post-Disaster Recovery

Module 8: How can cities and urban areas be governed better to make them more sustainable?

8.1

Sustainable Development Goals and Other Global Processes

8.2

New Forms of Institutions & Governance

8.3

Public ParticipatIon & Democracy (Parts 1 & 2)

8.4

Financing Sustainable Development

8.5

Measuring & Monitoring the SDGs

8.6

Addressing the Opportunities of Secondary Cities

Module 9: Who can enable and implement this change?

9.1

Who Are Helping Make Cities More Sustainable?

9.2

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Urban Sustainability

9.3

Urban Innovation – Community Based Organisations and the Civil Society: A Case of SDI

9.4

UN-Habitat & International Development and Financing Agencies

9.5

Implementing Urban Sustainability

9.6

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and Urban Sustainability

9.7

Local Leadership: a Case Study of Melbourne

9.8

International Climate Action – A Case of Chinese Cities