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Postgraduate Course: Encountering Cities (PGT) (PGGE11185)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the everyday geographies of cities through the concept of encounter. Questioning how we understand cities, the course introduces diverse theoretical approaches to the city and examines different modes of researching and representing cities. Using Urban examples as diverse as Bradford and Baghdad, the course is organised around lectures and discussions that address 3 key conceptual concerns: understanding the everyday sociality of cities (the spaces of encounter and mundane interaction that make up so much of urban life); grasping the emotional and affective life of cities (the embodied experiences of inhabiting and using urban spaces); and appreciating the urban materialities (the often overlooked things, technologies, natures, and infrastructure that are a part of every day life in cities). These conceptual concerns then form the basis for examining a series of important issues facing contemporary cities including; urban multiculture and living with difference; segregation and the sorting of bodies in cities; fear and the city; terrorism and wounded cities.
Course description The course is organised around lectures, readings, discussions and documentary films to familiarise students with different ways of knowing the city, and to develop an appreciation of some key issues facing cities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 22, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 3000 word essay
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. You will develop a detailed understanding of: the everyday social life of cities; the emotional life of cities; and urban materialities.
  2. You will gain an understanding of a number of important issues affecting cities including: segregation and the demands of living with difference; how war and terrorism are reshaping cities; and how economic processes like deindustrialisation are remaking cities.
  3. You will gain skills in identifying and analysing the complex problems facing cities, and you will be encouraged to demonstrate originality in dealing with these issues.
  4. You will develop an appreciation of how different research methods and representations of the city produce different ways of knowing and understanding cities.
  5. You will develop a critical understanding of a number of key concepts include: the everyday; emotions; sociality; materiality; and memory.
Reading List
Amin, A. and Thrift, N. (2002). Cities: Reimagining the Urban. (Cambridge: Polity Press).

Caldeira, T. (2000). City of Walls: Segregation and Citizenship in São Paulo. (Berkeley: University of California Press).

Donald, J. (1999). Imagining the Modern City. (London: The Athlone Press).

Latham, A., McCormack, D., McNamara, k and McNeill, D. (2009). Key Concepts in Urban Geography. (London: Sage).

Lefebvre, H. (1996). Writings on Cities. (Oxford: Blackwell).

Pile, S. (2005). Real Cities. (London: Routledge).

Watson, S. (2006). City Publics: the (dis)enchantments of Urban Encounters. (London: Routledge).
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Daniel Swanton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8164
Course secretaryMrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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