In the next 35 years, Africa will need to accommodate almost 900 million new urban dwellers. Hundreds of smaller cities are doubling in size every 20 years, half of Africa’s urban dwellers live in informal settlements in precarious conditions, and 75% of these are younger than 35.
The Development and Planning in African Cities - Exploring theories, policies and practices from Sierra Leone course from UCL by FutureLearn will explore African cities through the lenses of spatial justice and social diversity, challenging myths and assumptions about urban development and demonstrating how different processes interact and shape the development of a city.
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Understand how different processes interact and shape the urban development of a city
- Demonstrate an understanding of some key development and planning issues in African cities through justice and spatial lenses
- Reflect upon the tensions between wider urban theories and regional processes on one hand, and the specificity of urban contexts on the other
- Explain the specific and different roles and challenges of each urban actor in urban planning and development processes
- Demonstrate an understanding of the urban challenges faced by Freetown and their potential solutions
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- Urban land and informalities
- Governance and participatory planning
- Vulnerability and infrastructure
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- 30 days
- 3 hrs/week
Start dates & application deadlines
DisciplinesInternational Development Sustainable Development Urban Planning View 14 other Short Courses in Sustainable Development in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- The course is open to people from any disciplinary background with a desire to learn about urban development and planning in African cities and potentially to those who would like to pursue a career in urban development or planning.
- It is suitable for urban professionals who work or may in future want to work in Sub-Saharan Africa and would like to gain an understanding of how its cities are made and developed.
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InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 30 days.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 30 days.
- Extra Benefits if you upgrade: From $49
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.