About the course
While many in the city-building professions often focus on the physical form of urban areas, the built environment can be seen as a physical manifestation of a variety of interconnected systems. A range of systems that influence how cities develop, including the natural, political, economic and social systems will be discussed. Over time, these systems have had varying levels of influence on the built form of the city. These interconnections and ebbs and flows of influence will be investigated using a combination of theory, history and case study analysis. A walking site tour in Edmonton will be included to analyze how these interrelated systems have influenced, and were influenced by the physical form of that urban area. Participants will walk away with a more comprehensive understanding of city development and a new understanding of the interconnections of systems in Canadian cities today.
Course at a glance
- May be recognized for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for holders of the Registered Professional Planner designation.
- Aimed at professionals in the areas of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Students range from development officers, planning technicians, land use, environmental, and community planners, to resources managers, government officials, consultants, developers, lawyers, zoning administrators, administrators in smaller municipalities, and others involved in planning processes.
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss the nature of the development of cities, historically and in the present day.
- Identify and describe the systems operating in cities and how these systems manifest themselves in certain built forms.
- Relate the connections between the systems operating in cities and how their importance has changed over time.
- Deconstruct the urban built form in the context of the systems that have been identified.
- Apply and demonstrate knowledge of the operation and manifestation of systems operating in a local context.
- Evaluate and reflect upon your own learning process in relation to the course topics, activities and themes as they relate to professional practice and development.
This course has no prerequisites
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.
- Assessment includes post-course work to be completed via eClass.
- Bursary opportunities may be available for members of the Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA).
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.