Postgraduate Course: Encountering Cities (PGT) (PGGE11185)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 22,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||3000 word essay
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- You will develop a detailed understanding of: the everyday social life of cities; the emotional life of cities; and urban materialities.
- 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.
- 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.
- You will develop an appreciation of how different research methods and representations of the city produce different ways of knowing and understanding cities.
- You will develop a critical understanding of a number of key concepts include: the everyday; emotions; sociality; materiality; and memory.
|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).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Daniel Swanton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8164
|Course secretary||Mrs Karolina Galera
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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