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Undergraduate Course: Divided Cities (GEGR10106)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an honours level course aimed at human geography students, which takes a critical, political economy approach to the theoretical and empirical analysis of urban inequality in multiple contexts both UK and international.
Course description Many of the most urgent, fascinating, and frustrating questions of our time have become urban questions. This course is concerned with the 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 it will examine how market processes and public policies drive spatial polarization/marginalization and the urbanization of injustice. We examine the various processes creating urban divisions, such as gentrification and displacement; ethnic segregation and ghettoisation, and territorial stigmatization. We explore numerous theoretical approaches that scholars have formulated to analyse and explain urban inequalities. 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree Assessment: 100% coursework, as outlined in course handbook
Blog (1500 words) - 30%
Essay (2500 words) - 70%

Assessment deadlines:
Blog post - Week 7
Degree Essay - mid-April
Feedback Feedback will consist of detailed written comments on degree and class assessments, and verbal comments on class contributions.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To provide a detailed, cross-national and critical understanding of the geographies of urban inequality so that students are capable of offering professional level insights.
  2. To provide a comprehensive grasp of the intellectual history of urban division complimented by recent theoretical developments.
  3. To gain a knowledge and appreciation of the standard techniques of inquiry into social injustice in the city.
  4. To provide a set of analytical lenses to understand key concepts relating to urban problems so that students are able to critically identify and conceptualise problems found in divided cities.
  5. To gain an appreciation and understanding of the various forms of urban division.
Reading List
1. Wacquant, L. (2008) Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (Cambridge: Polity Press).
Lees, L., Slater, T. and Wyly, E. (2008) Gentrification (New York: Routledge).
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Course organiserProf Tom Slater
Course secretaryMiss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847
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