Urban Geography: Exploring The City

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Urban Geography: Exploring The City

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    This module is offered subject to confirmation in March 2014. The module may be withdrawn or may change semester.

    The module explores the relationships between urbanisation and the broader social, economic, environmental and political processes within which the growth and decline of cities are embedded. It is organised into four themes that collectively explore some of the key material and ideological contexts relating to urban growth.
    1. Cities as social spaces
    2. Cities as real and virtual spaces
    3. Cities as economic spaces
    4. Cities and the environment
    Examples are chosen from a wide range of periods and places.
    Cities as Social Spaces: Thissection explores some of the key social characteristics of cities and the ways that urban theorists have sought to understand them. It contrasts the city with the countryside, and asks how urban sprawl alters our understanding of what it means to live in an urban society. This section also examines some of the problems arising from social and economic inequality in cities.
    Cities as Real and Virtual Spaces : This section explores the city both as a material artifact and a representational space. It seeks to explore the ideological underpinnings of planning and the built urban form, and some of the ways in which the city has been represented in both visual and literary form.
    Cities as economic spaces
    This section seeks to understand the economic and financial relationships that underpin contemporary urbanisation at a national and global level. It examines the flows of information within and between places, and the ways in which clusters of knowledge and innovation can transform the urban landscape.
    Nature and the City
    This sections explores the relationshisp between cities and the environment, focussing on how climate change is increasingly important for the urban future and how urban communities can adapt to these changes.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Assessment: coursework

    2500 word essay (60%)
    Group poster (25%)
    Group presentation (15%)

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