Smart Cities: Social Change Through Technology

Learn about New Zealand’s inspirational smart city projects from the experts at the University of Canterbury and discover how you can apply these principles to your own communities.


Key course information


Duration: 6 weeks

Weekly study: 2 hours

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Gain insights into smart cities from the experts at the University of Canterbury

Smart cities harness the power of digital technology. Through innovative data collection, cities can use these insights to manage resources and operations more efficiently and promote sustainable development. New Zealand is one of the world’s leading nations when it comes to implementing smart city design principles.

Presented by the University of Canterbury, this six-week course will give you an understanding of how smart city practices in New Zealand have been achieved and help you see how they can be applied in your own cities.

Explore the infrastructure of New Zealand’s smart cities

This course takes you on a journey across New Zealand, exploring smart city development around the country. You’ll learn how smart life can drive social change as you explore real-life smart city projects such as solar-powered waste management and LED lighting.

Understand how smart cities can address challenges

You’ll examine how smart city infrastructure can be used to overcome issues and problems. You’ll also learn about the role of stakeholders and government in smart urban development.

Explore the importance of citizens and communities to successful smart life

You’ll go beyond smart city principles to understand the value of the citizen in this infrastructure. This knowledge will help you explore how smart cities can tackle community challenges and improve quality of life.

Learning on this course

Throughout this course, you’ll meet other learners, share your ideas, and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify how local City Councils in New Zealand are organising around the concept of smart cities.

  • Assess the role of stakeholders in the development of smart cities.

  • Evaluate governance challenges in smart cities.

  • Critique the evolution of smart societies.

  • Compare how smart cities are tackling community challenges.

  • Assess the relevance of global smart city practices to local contexts.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about smart cities, how they harness technology for social change, and the responsibility of citizens and governments in creating and maintaining them.

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