Urban Social Geography: Contemporary Issues

The course discusses the key themes and trends in contemporary urban social geography. In-class lectures focus on segregation, daily mobility, criminality, suburbanisation and other topics, allowing to compare research from Prague with other European cities. The course also offers two field trips (to a housing estate and a suburb of Prague), on which the students' work is based. The emphasis of the course is on reading and discussion as well as its own fieldwork and its presentation. Participation and co-operation of Czech and Erasmus, as well as urban geographers and students of other disciplines, is encouraged, giving the opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas across countries and fields of study. Completion of previous courses in urban geography is not required.

 

Summer term 2020/2021: Thursdays 9 am, room Z1 in Albertov 6

Web page of the course in  Moodle .

 

Date

Topic

Lecturer

18.02.

Introduction to the course, requirements

Martin Ouředníček,

Petra Špačková,

Adela Petrović

25.02.

Prague as an urban laboratory

Martin Ouředníček

04.03.

Housing and segregation

Martin Ouředníček

11.03.

Residential mobility and residential choice

Petra Špačková,

Marie Horňáková

18.03.

Foreigners in the city

Ivana Křižková 

25.03.

Test I.

Gentrification and inner city

Adela Petrović,

Petra Špačková

01.04.

Crime and the city

Jana Jíchová

08.04.

Housing estates

Petra Špačková

15.04.

Housing estates field trip

Petra Špačková

22.04.

Dean's day

 

29.04.

Suburbanisation

Martin Ouředníček

06.05.

Suburban field trip

Martin Ouředníček

TBA

Test II.

Adela Petrović


Basic level

Course requirements and evaluation criteria
 

  • Total score in tests I and II> 50%
  • Attendance at least 7 lectures
  • Timely submission of at least 6 pre-class assignments (submitted via Moodle, annotation of required reading + answers to all questions suggested in Moodle)

Exam

  • Same conditions as for basic level plus:
  • Activity and discussion of required readings in class
  • Research Project  (in pairs)
    • discussion of research questions and literature review
    • discussion of methodology
    • Submission of draft paper
    • presentation and discussion of the research project at the "USG II conference"
    • Submission of research paper

 

Find more information in Moodle .

Lectures: Test

TestTest

 

Team work

Exercises - work in teams

 

 Field trip to Cerny Most

Field trip Cerny Most