Undergraduate Course: Frontiers in Human Geography 1 (GEGR10068)
This course will be closed from 13 January 2017
|School of Geosciences
|College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Available to all students
|A majority of the world's population has now become urban, ensuring that many of the most urgent, fascinating, and frustrating questions of our time have become urban questions. This course is concerned with the deeply problematic planetary intensification of urban inequality over the past three decades, looking at the role of neoliberal ?statecraft? in reproducing and reinforcing harsh social divisions within cities. Using detailed case studies from four continents, it will examine how market processes and public policies drive spatial polarization/marginalization and geographical injustice, particularly by class and ?race?. We examine in seriatim the various processes creating urban divisions, such as gentrification and displacement; segregation and ghettoisation; ?carceral? urban systems; and suburbanization and ?fortification?. A normative approach is adopted throughout, encouraging students to think about how urban inequality in all its forms might be challenged by scholarship and by activism.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
| ? To provide a cross-national, critical understanding of the geographies of urban inequality.
? To examine the role of neoliberalism (the mobilization of state power in the extension of market rule) in creating and sustaining divided cities.
? To provide a set of analytical lenses to understand key concepts relating to urban problems.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Dr Tom Slater
|Mrs Catherine Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2523