Urban Well-Being

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urban Well-Being

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course provides students with an understanding of the nature and causes of social inequalities and uneven development in an urban context. It examines urbanisation from the perspective of well-being and sustainable livelihoods. The topics covered include urbanisation as an historical process, migration behaviour, squatter settlements and the urban informal sector. These issues are considered within the context of sustainable livelihood approaches and theories of inequality and uneven development. Pacific and other Third World countries are used as case studies to highlight the challenges of urbanisation. The course requires attendance at a five-day field school held in Orientation week prior to the commencement of lectures.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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