2014 Unit of Study
The session(s) below are for 2014. For Summer School 2014 unit of study availability please visit the Summer School website (main Summer session January/February 2014).
The University of Sydney session calendar shows exact dates for sessions.
|Sustainable Urban Transport Policy|
|Lectures||8 x 3.5 hour lectures, 4 x 3.5 hour tutorials. Refer to timetable for full details.|
|Assessment||In-class quizzes (20%), homework (25%), in-class debates (20%), group project report (35%)|
|Description||Transport policy decisions shape contemporary urban life around the world. This unit introduces students to the concepts of transport policy, focusing initially the context for policy making, how decisions are made, relationships with short- and long-term strategic planning, and how policy has become intertwined with broader sustainability concerns. We then identify the major externalities associated with transport, including resource depletion, environment (greenhouse gases, air pollution, noise), human health and safety, and congestion. The unit then considers the merits of and challenges associated with a range of strategies for dealing with these issues including expansion of roadway capacity, technological fixes, behaviour-based mechanisms, fiscal instruments and investment in public and non-motorised transport. The unit will appeal to students with broad interest in transport, urban planning, and environmental/sustainability issues.|