Development and Planning in African Cities: Exploring theories, policies and practices from Sierra Leone (FutureLearn)

Development and Planning in African Cities: Exploring theories, policies and practices from Sierra Leone (FutureLearn)
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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.
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Development and Planning in African Cities: Exploring theories, policies and practices from Sierra Leone (FutureLearn)
As African cities grow, learn how development and planning help urban actors to make cities just and sustainable for all. 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. Our course 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.

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Syllabus


Week 1: Introduction to development and planning

Week 2: Urban land and informalities

Week 3: Governance and participatory planning

Week 4: Vulnerability and infrastructure


What will you achieve?

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 a 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


Who is the course for?

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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39.00 EUR
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.

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.