LAWS3073/JURD7773 Cities, Planning, Law and Justice

Lecturer: Amelia Thorpe

What is this course about?
The course starts by asking: what does justice mean in cities? After considering a range of approaches to this question, we then consider a number of case studies in Sydney and other cities, examining the way the law shapes cities and makes them more (or less) just.

Why does this subject interest you?
Cities are a fascinating topic for study. They are a major source of economic growth, creativity and innovation, but they are also sites of energy consumption, environmental degradation and social inequality. Half of the world’s population already live in cities and that figure is rapidly increasing and predicted to reach 70% by 2050. Australia is one of the most urbanised nations in the world, with almost 90% of the population living in cities.

Do you have any advice for students who are interested in taking this course?
There are lots of opportunities for you to bring your own experience into this course. We will spend much of our time talking about Sydney, but we will also talk about cities in other places, and students’ experience and reflections on the way things work (or don’t) in other cities really adds to the discussion.

What is the best aspect of this course?
Take this course if you want to reflect broadly on the law and its connection to social, political, economic and environmental issues. It is a great opportunity to reflect on the way the law shapes the places we live, work and play – and perhaps also how those places in turn shape the law.