Undergraduate Course: Divided Cities (GEGR10106)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Degree Assessment: 100% coursework, as outlined in course handbook
Blog (1500 words) - 30%
Essay (2500 words) - 70%
Blog post - Week 7
Degree Essay - mid-April
||Feedback will consist of detailed written comments on degree and class assessments, and verbal comments on class contributions.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- To provide a comprehensive grasp of the intellectual history of urban division complimented by recent theoretical developments.
- To gain a knowledge and appreciation of the standard techniques of inquiry into social injustice in the city.
- 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.
- To gain an appreciation and understanding of the various forms of urban division.
|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).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Tom Slater
|Course secretary||Miss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847