The objective of this course is to provide students with practical insights and up-to-date knowledge on the interconnected themes of climate change, urbanization, energy and food. Throughout the course, we will examine possible future directions for cities such as Apia, Tokyo, Bangkok, Melbourne and Honolulu to respond effectively to the interconnected concerns for climate, energy, food security and other pressing global issues.

This course connects classrooms in a network of universities in the Asia Pacific region via video conferencing. The partner universities have jointly run this course since 2003 in different formats and in that period over 1,500 students have successfully completed the course.

The major objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the field of urban planning and its application in designing and managing urban built-environment. The course will cover theories and practices of the modern city planning and then examines several planning subtopics – such as land use, community design and development, and the idea of urban sustainability – in light of some basic dimensions of urban analysis such as historical, economic, political, social, cultural, and spatial issues.

The thesis seminar prepares UEM second-year Masters students for developing their own thesis. The students will receive counseling in how to formulate a comprehensive research proposal and conduct the individual research project for their master thesis. Part of the course will be based on work in groups, where the students will present and comment each other’s proposals and reports, revise these with regards to the feedback from fellow students and teacher, before it is submitted for final approval. Course goals and learning objectives are; 1) completing the research; 2) completing a thesis; and 3) being successful in degree.