The course discusses the main approaches which have developed in urban sociology through an exploration of some of the major themes. These themes include urbanisation under capitalism, planning, post-industrialism, globalisation, social differentiation, multiculturalism, protest and social movements, and comparative urbanism (Asian and African contexts). Approaches considered within these will include Marx, Weber, the Chicago School, the Manchester school, and post-modernism.
This module appears in the following module collections.
22 hours contact time, 128 hours private study
Method of assessment
1 x 3,000 – 5,000 word Essay 40%
Seminar Participation 20%
Hubbard, P. (2006) The City. London: Routledge.
Legates, T. and Stout, F. (2011) The City Reader. London: Routledge.
Lim, J. and Mele, C. (eds.)(2005) The Urban Sociology Reader. London: Routledge.
Maconis, J. and Parillo, V. (2009) Cities and Urban Life: International Edition. London: Pearson.
Parker, S. (2015) Urban Theory and the Urban Experience (2nd ed). London: Routledge
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key problems, debates, and approaches in urban sociology.
Critically evaluate writings on key themes and issues in this field at an advanced level.
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of comparative urbanism, enabling them to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current urban developments in local and global contexts.
Demonstrate higher level sociological analytical skills
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
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