BKR_URMR Sustainable development of cities and regions

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. RNDr. Josef Kunc, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Markéta Novotná, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Tonev, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Josef Kunc, Ph.D.
Department of Regional Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Ing. Iveta Suchomelová Vašíčková
Supplier department: Department of Regional Economics - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Sat 8. 10. 12:00–15:50 P403, Fri 11. 11. 16:00–19:50 P303, Sat 12. 11. 12:00–15:50 P302a
No special prerequisities are assigned for the subject.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Cities, metropolises, urban agglomerations, metropolitan areas or urban areas in general are the decisive driving force of the world economy, the bearers of new innovations and dynamic changes in technological progress. The aim of the course is to acquaint students with selected aspects of the development of the urban environment in terms of historical and contemporary development and development towards social, economic and spatial restructuring, globalization and urban planning. The basic concepts of urban development in the form of an industrial and post-industrial city, a cultural and creative city, or the rise and the fall of the city are also discussed. Last but not least, the course discusses the image of cities and their sustainability and emphasizes cities as important tourist destinations. Conceptual and theoretical approaches are complemented by case studies and examples from specific urban environments.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course the student should be able to: - define the basic terms and concepts related to the functioning of cities, urban development, and the urban environment; - explain the development and current state of the dynamics of the urban environment, urban planning, and urbanism; - identify and describe the basic transformation processes shaping the urban environment, the rise and the fall of the city; - analyze the impacts of economic, social, and environmental changes on the urban environment; - interpret the sustainable development of cities in relation to their future.
  • 1. Cities in historical and contemporary perspective 2. Urban planning and urbanism 3. Industrial and post-industrial city 4. Cultural and creative city, the rise and the fall of the city 5. Sustainability of cities and their image 6. The city as a tourist destination
    required literature
  • HORSKÁ, Pavla, Eduard MAUR and Jiří MUSIL. Zrod velkoměsta : urbanizace českých zemí a Evropa. Vyd. 1. Praha: Paseka, 2002. 352 s. ISBN 8071854093. info
    recommended literature
  • ŠILHÁNKOVÁ, Vladimíra. Indikátory udržitelného rozvoje pro města a obce. Vyd. 1. Hradec Králové: Civitas per Populi, 2011. 215 s. ISBN 9788090467149. info
  • COHEN, S. The Sustainable City. Columbia University Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-231-18205-8. info
  • GIRARDET, Herbert. Creating sustainable cities. 1st pub. Totnes: Green Books, 2001. 77 s. ISBN 1870098773. info
    not specified
  • The city as fulcrum of global sustainability. Edited by Ernest J. Yanarella - Richard S. Levine. London: Anthem Press, 2011. xxxi, 285. ISBN 9780857284006. Online: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41722834
  • Sustainable cities and communities design handbook : green engineering, architecture and technology. Edited by Woodrow W. Clark. Second edition. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2018. xxi, 608. ISBN 9780128139646. info
  • VITURKA, Milan, Petr HALÁMEK, Viktorie KLÍMOVÁ, Vilém PAŘIL and Vladimír ŽÍTEK. Regionální rozvoj, politika a správa. Díl 1: Regionální rozvoj (Regional development, policy and administration, Volume 1: Regional development). Brno: ESF MU, 2015. 242 pp. info
  • VITURKA, Milan, Petr HALÁMEK, Viktorie KLÍMOVÁ, Vilém PAŘIL and Vladimír ŽÍTEK. Regionální rozvoj, politika a správa. Díl 2: Politika a správa. (Regional development, policy and administration, Volume 2: Regional policy and administration.). další spoluautoři: Labounková Vladimíra, Šich Pavel. Brno: ESF MU, 2015. 218 pp. info
  • Creative industries and urban development : creative cities in the 21st century. Edited by Terry Flew. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2013. viii, 82. ISBN 9780415516808. info
  • Bird on firelessons from the world's least sustainable city. Edited by Andrew Ross. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. x, 297 p. ISBN 9780199828272. info
  • SynergiCityreinventing the postindustrial city. Edited by Paul Hardin Kapp - Paul J. Armstrong. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2012. xiii, 194. ISBN 9780252093937. info
  • Sustainable city regionsspace, place and governance. Edited by Tetsuo Kidokoro. Tokyo: Springer, 2008. xii, 334 p. ISBN 9784431781479. info
Teaching methods
Teaching takes the form of tutorials and related discussions on the topics presented. The ability of self-study is supposed. Seminars are not considered.
Assessment methods
The exam will take the form of a written test consisting of 20 closed and open questions. At least 50% of the points will be needed to pass the exam. Seminar work will not be required.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: tutorial 12 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2021, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2022, recent)
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