Urban Sociology - SOCI7120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) David Garbin checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - 3,000 – 3500 word - 40%
Coursework - Seminar Participation - 20%
Examination (2 hours ) - 40%

Indicative reading

Hubbard, P. (2006) The City. London: Routledge.
Legates, T. and Stout, F. (2011) The City Reader (5th edn). London: Routledge.
Lim, J. and Mele, C. (eds.)(2005) The Urban Sociology Reader. London: Routledge.
Maconis, J. (2013) Cities and Urban Life (6th edn). London: Pearson.
Parker, S. (2015) Urban Theory and the Urban Experience (2nd ed). London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key problems, debates, and approaches in urban sociology.
2.Critically evaluate writings on key themes and issues in this field at an advanced level.
3.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.
4.Demonstrate higher level sociological analytical skills

The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Present arguments in writing through exams and essay writing, and orally through delivering and responding to seminar discussion
2.Demonstrate advanced skills in organising information clearly and coherently digest and disseminate complex theoretical material


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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