Urban Social Geography: Key Theoretical Approaches

THURSDAY, 11:30, Z1 room

 

The course is focused on the variability of research perspectives in urban studies. The key theoretical approaches are selected in the context of the specific development of Central and Eastern European (CEE) urban system and the internal structures of cities within the region. The course offers profound knowledge of spatial patterns, urban processes and developments through the lens of theoretical and methodological concepts from the traditional urban sociology, Chicago school, Marxist and humanistic approaches, time-space geography and social environment theory. The course consists of eleven lectures combined with exercises and two discussion seminars. The main emphasis is on reading, classroom discussion and written assignments of the varying explanatory power of different theoretical concepts and their usefulness for CEE urban studies.

Web page of the course on Moodle.

 

Course requirements and evaluation criteria

Basic level:

Total score in tests I and II  50 %

Attendance of at least 7 lectures, including compulsory attendance of discussion seminars

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

Exam - essay

 

Programme 2019/20

Date

Topic

Teacher

3.10.

Introduction to course

Ivana Křížková

How to study urban geography

Martin Ouředníček

10.10.

Classical urban theories

distance lecture (home study)

17.10.

Theories of urbanisation

Martin Ouředníček

24.10.

Chicago school of urban sociology

Martin Ouředníček

31.10.

Radical political economy, institutional approach

distance lecture

7.11.

Test I

Ivana Křížková

Theory of structuration and social environment

Martin Ouředníček

14.11.

Humanistic approach

Lucie Pospíšilová

21.11.

Postmodern urban geography

Martin Šimon

28.11.

Urban planning

Petra Špačková

5.12.

Postsocialist approach in urban studies

Martin Ouředníček

12.12.

Time geography in urban research

Lucie Pospíšilová

19.12.

Christmas quiz

Lucie Pospíšilová, Petra Špačková

Monday(!) 13.1.

Test II

Ivana Křížková

Discussion seminar

Martin Ouředníček, Lucie Pospíšilová, Petra Špačková, Martin Šimon