MA/PGDip Gender, Sexuality and Culture

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Urban Sociology

Course unit fact file
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
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course engages critically with 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. This course critically examines accounts of urbanisation and provides students with an understanding of evolving theoretical debates and literature in urban sociology. It explores from a sociological perspective the 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, megacities and slums. We engage with a range of recent developments, from suburbanisation to regeneration 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. This course also enhances students' knowledge and skills in conducting independent social research, developing valuable transferable skills.

Teaching and learning methods

Weekly lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

Written assignment (3000 word essay) 100%

Essay draft 0%

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elisa Pieri Unit coordinator

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