Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences International Economic Development Program
Lecture Code WMH01901 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Urban Policy
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Urban Policy
シャリフィ アユーブ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Tues5-8:IDEC 203
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture (instructor's lecture, students' presentations, group discussions) 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 04 : Management
Eligible Students Master course students
Keywords Urban policy, Urban Sustainability, Cities 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Cities are where the majority of world population lives and where various actions are increasingly undertaken to address different issues related to economic development, infrastructure management, social justice, and environmental sustainability. This course will focus on issues facing urban environments around the world and is designed to introduce students to the underlying institutional, historical, socio-economic, and environmental dynamics that influence urban policy making. The aim is to familiarize students with how urban plans and policies are developed and implemented and what will be the local and global consequences of urban policy making. This course will provide the students with knowledge and skills required to understand and analyze urban issues and will enable them to play a key role in future urban policy making processes through offering innovative and systematic solutions.

Course goals and objectives:
By the end of the term the students are expected to:
• Be able to provide an overview of the urban policy field and its sub-fields (i.e., energy planning, environmental planning, housing, land use planning, etc.)
• Be familiar with urbanization trends and future urbanization scenarios
• Understand the role and importance of urban policy making for addressing global challenges
• Be capable of critically analyzing urban policies and enhance their debating skills

This will be a discussion-based course and students are expected to actively participate in class activities and discussions.
Class Schedule lesson1 Introductions and overview of the course
lesson2 Past, present, and future trends of urbanization
lesson3 Urban policy in the context of SDGs and the New Urban Agenda
lesson4 Planning theory and historical insights on urban policy making
lesson5 Systems thinking and urban policy making
lesson6 Urban policy making for climate change mitigation
lesson7 Urban policy making for climate change adaptation
lesson8 Assessment methods for informing climate action plans
lesson9 Policy making for pandemic-resilient cities I
lesson10 Policy making for pandemic-resilient cities II
lesson11 Toolkits for urban policy making I: Sustainability toolkits
lesson12 Toolkits for urban policy making II: Resilience and Smartness toolkits
lesson13 Student presentation and mock urban policy debates
lesson14 Future directions (growth, aging society, disruptive technologies, global warming, etc.)
lesson15 Synthesis and final exam 
The following references are recommended. Materials will be uploaded on BB9 in advance.
Batty, M. (2013). The new science of cities. Mit Press.
Elmqvist, T., Bai, X., Frantzeskaki, N., Griffith, C., Maddox, D., McPhearson, T., . . . Watkins, M. (Eds.). (2018). Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Faludi, A. (2013). A reader in planning theory (Vol. 5). Elsevier.
Grubler, A., Bai, X., Buettner, T., Dhakal, S., Fisk, D. J., Ichinose, T., ... & Shah, N. (2012). Urban energy systems.
Seto, K. C., Güneralp, B., & Hutyra, L. R. (2012). Global forecasts of urban expansion to 2030 and direct impacts on biodiversity and carbon pools. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(40), 16083-16088.
Sharifi, A., & Murayama, A. (2013). A critical review of seven selected neighborhood sustainability assessment tools. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 38, 73-87.
Sharifi, A. (2016). A critical review of selected tools for assessing community resilience. Ecological Indicators, 69, 629-647.
Sharifi, A. (2020). "Trade-offs and conflicts between urban climate change mitigation and adaptation measures: A literature review." Journal of Cleaner Production 276: 122813.
Sharifi, A. (2021). "Co-benefits and synergies between urban climate change mitigation and adaptation measures: A literature review." Science of The Total Environment 750: 141642.
Sharifi, A. and A. R. Khavarian-Garmsir (2020). "The COVID-19 pandemic: Impacts on cities and major lessons for urban planning, design, and management." Science of the Total Environment 749.
The New Urban Agenda, http://habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/
PC or AV used in
(More Details) In principle, PPT files will be used for teaching. Bringing your laptop is recommended, but not necessary.  
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
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Preparation and
Suggested readings will be introduced before each class. 
Requirements Students are expected to have basic knowledge of sustainability. Also, engagement in class discussions is essential. 
Grading Method Attendance (30%), Case study presentation and active engagement in the class discussions (45%), Final exam (25%) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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