Information Package / Course Catalogue
Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
Course Code: ZPM540
Course Type: Area Elective
Couse Group: Second Cycle (Master's Degree)
Education Language: Turkish
Work Placement: N/A
Theory: 3
Prt.: 0
Credit: 3
Lab: 0
ECTS: 8
Objectives of the Course

This course aims to explain the concepts of urban landscapes and urban ecology, to examine the relation between cities as a cultural-natural landscape and nature, and to discuss sustainable ecological urban planning processes and their implications.

Course Content

Ecological concepts frequently encountered in cities such as sustainability, nature protection, health, development, globalization and climate change, justice and equality will be addressed and associated with landscape planning processes.

Name of Lecturer(s)
Learning Outcomes
1.Defining the urban landscapes, describe and evaluate the processes and patterns that characterize urban ecological systems.
2.Understand biodiversity and ecosystem responses to urbanization.
3.Recognize energy flows within urban landscapes and how energy use and waste improve or deteriorate environmental quality,
4.Evaluate the relations of urban landscapes with the concepts of local economy, politics, culture, justice and equality,
5.Critically evaluate management and policy solutions to urban ecological problems.
Recommended or Required Reading
1.Kışlalıoğlu, M. ve Berkes, F. 1993. Çevre ve Ekoloji. Çevre Sorunları Dizisi, Ankara.
2.Alberti, M., 2008. Advances in urban ecology: integrating humans and ecological processes in urban ecosystems (No. 574.5268 A4). New York: Springer.
3.Forman, R.T., 2014. Urban ecology: science of cities. Cambridge University Press.
4.Breuste, J., Feldmann, H. and Uhlmann, O. eds., 2013. Urban ecology. Springer Science & Business Media.
5.Gaston, K.J. ed., 2010. Urban ecology. Oxford University Press.
6.Niemelä, J., Breuste, J.H., Guntenspergen, G., McIntyre, N.E., Elmqvist, T. and James, P. eds., 2011. Urban ecology: patterns, processes, and applications. OUP Oxford.
7.McPhearson, T., Pickett, S.T., Grimm, N.B., Niemelä, J., Alberti, M., Elmqvist, T., Weber, C., Haase, D., Breuste, J. and Qureshi, S., 2016. Advancing urban ecology toward a science of cities. BioScience, 66(3), pp.198-212.
8.Douglas, I., Goode, D., Houck, M. and Maddox, D. eds., 2010. Handbook of Urban Ecology. Routledge.
9.Egoz, S., & De Nardi, A. 2017. Defining landscape justice: the role of landscape in supporting wellbeing of migrants, a literature review. Landscape Research, 42(sup1), S74-S89.
10.Egoz, S., Jørgensen, K. and Ruggeri, D. eds., 2018. Defining landscape democracy: A path to spatial justice. Edward Elgar Publishing.
11.Andersson, E., 2006. Urban landscapes and sustainable cities. Ecology and society, 11(1).
12.Jabareen, Y., 2013. Planning the resilient city: Concepts and strategies for coping with climate change and environmental risk. Cities, 31, pp.220-229.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
Week 1 - Theoretical
Introduction to course: content, reason, importance, process method and needs
Week 2 - Theoretical
The subject and scope of ecology, Cities, landscape and ecology, Urban landscape and ecology concepts
Week 3 - Theoretical
Agricultural society-natural systems
Week 4 - Theoretical
Industrial society-natural systems
Week 5 - Theoretical
Urban-nature relationship / dilemma, Urbanization and destruction
Week 6 - Theoretical
Climate change and the concept of urban heat island
Week 7 - Theoretical
Urban open and green spaces, Cities and biodiversity, Urban flora and fauna
Week 8 - Theoretical
Urban open and green spaces, Cities and biodiversity, Urban flora and fauna
Week 9 - Intermediate Exam
Midterm exam
Week 10 - Theoretical
Basic theories and principle in urban ecology
Week 11 - Theoretical
Urban ecology and landscape planning approaches
Week 12 - Theoretical
Nature conservation in planning legislation and literature
Week 13 - Theoretical
Urban planning and ecological cities, Basic principles and application tools
Week 14 - Theoretical
Discussion: Urban ecosystems and local economy, politics, culture, justice and equality concepts
Week 15 - Theoretical
Discussion: Urban planning and nature relationship, problems and solutions
Week 16 - Final Exam
Final exam
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Type of AssessmentCountPercent
Midterm Examination1%30
Final Examination1%40
Assignment2%30
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesCountPreparationTimeTotal Work Load (hours)
Lecture - Theory144284
Lecture - Practice144284
Assignment24110
Midterm Examination110111
Final Examination110111
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)200
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
PÇ-1
PÇ-2
PÇ-3
PÇ-4
PÇ-5
OÇ-1
5
5
2
5
3
OÇ-2
5
5
2
5
3
OÇ-3
5
5
2
5
3
OÇ-4
5
5
4
5
4
OÇ-5
4
5
4
5
4
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