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MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Urban Sociology

Unit code SOCY70061
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


 This module provides students with an understanding of theoretical developments and debates in urban sociology and critically examines accounts of urbanisation. It explores from a sociological perspective transformations affecting city formation and life in cities, including the shift from industrial to post-industrial economies, globalization and extensive mobility, the emergence of global cities, mega cities and slums. We engage with the development of consumer societies, the growth of the service sector, regeneration strategies and New Urbanism. The course examines the effects of design on use of space, and the practices and experience of living in a city. We investigate how power is performed through the built environment and the role played by the pursuit of security in the urban. The course engages critically with literature and cutting edge developments in theoretical and substantive areas of urban sociology, from debates on inequalities, sociality and changing interactions in public spaces, to an assessment of Sustainable Cities, Smart Cities and Sensor Cities. The course enhances students’ knowledge and skills in conducting independent social research, developing valuable transferable skills.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elisa Pieri Unit coordinator

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