15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module provides critical, in-depth analysis of a concept which is central to planning and development, yet is notoriously ambiguous and impossible to define in an uncontested way. Students will explore and debate the contestable nature of sustainability through the innovative use of computer gaming technology. Using a city-building game (Cities: Skylines) to develop a `sustainable¿ virtual city and then `deconstructing it¿ intellectually, the aim is to provide students with the understanding and conceptual tools to approach their own and others¿ claims to deliver `sustainable development¿ in a constructively critical way.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK