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 everyday 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.
Week 1: The everyday city
Week 2: Urban Materialities
Week 3: Urban Affects
Week 4: Everyday Edinburgh: Fieldwork
Week 5: Zines workshop
Week 6: Urban Multiculture: Bradford
Week 7: Hydraulic Cities: Mumbai
Week 8: City of Walls: Sao Paulo and Baghdad
Week 9: Haunted Cities: Berlin
Week 10: Urban Ruins: Detroit
Week 11: Wounded Cities: London
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- evaluate how different research methods, conceptual frameworks and modes of representation shape how we know and understand cities
- demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts including the everyday, encounters, emotions, and materiality
- employ a range of writing and analytical skills to identify and analyse complex issues facing contemporary cities with originality
- develop skills in working independently and collaboratively
|Amin, A. and Thrift, N. (2002). Cities: Re-imagining the Urban. Cambridge: Polity Press.|
de Certeau, M. (1984). 'Walking in the City' in The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp.91-110.
Hubbard, P. (2006) City. London: Routledge.
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: Sage.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Daniel Swanton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8164
|Course secretary||Ms Louisa King
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543