Urban Sociology - SO712

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR D 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.


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Contact hours

22 hours contact time, 128 hours private study

Method of assessment

1 x 3,000 – 5,000 word Essay 40%
Seminar Participation 20%
Exam 40%

Indicative reading

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)

Learning outcomes

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


  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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