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BAEcon Economics
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Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Urban Sociology

Unit code SOCY30061
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

' To examine sociological accounts of urbanization and the development of cities 
- To establish an understanding of the links between urbanization and other social developments in areas such as the economy, industry and politics
- To debate how urbanization has affected human forms of sociality for example interactions in public spaces
- To provide students with an understanding of theoretical developments and debates in the field of urban sociology

Aims

' To examine sociological accounts of urbanization and the development of cities
- To establish an understanding of the links between urbanization and other social developments in areas such as the economy, industry and politics
- To debate how urbanization has affected human forms of sociality for example interactions in public spaces
- To provide students with an understanding of theoretical developments and debates in the field of urban sociology

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

- Students will have knowledge of changing patterns of urban living
- Students will understand different contemporary sociological approaches to explaining modern urban life
- Students will have an appreciation of the complex impact that urbanization has had on societies and individuals
- Students will be able to apply these theories to their own experiences of living in a city

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly 3 hour workshop

Assessment methods

Assessed essay, 3,000 words (50%) and 2 hour unseen examination (50%)

Feedback methods

 

All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.
 

Recommended reading

Anderson, E. (1990) Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Byrne, D. (2001) Understanding the Urban, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Morgan, D. (2009) Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Morrill, C., Snow, D. A., White & Cindy H. (2005) Together Alone: Personal Relationships in Public Places, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Savage, M., Bagnall, G. & Longhurst, B. (2005) Globalization and Belonging, London: Sage.

Thorns, D. C. (2002) The Transformation of Cities: Urban Theory and Urban Life, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wacquant, L. (2008) Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elisa Pieri Unit coordinator

Additional notes

2015/16 timetable

Friday 12:00 - 15:00

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