Urban Social Geography: Contemporary Issues

Key themes in contemporary urban social geography

 

The course discusses the key themes and trends in contemporary urban social geography. In-class lectures focus on segregation, daily mobility, criminality, suburbanization 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 on own field work 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 2019/2020: Thursdays 9 a.m., room Z1 in Albertov 6

Web page of the course in Moodle.

 

Date

Topic

Lecturer

20.2.

Introduction to the course, requirements

Martin Ouředníček

Petra Špačková

Adela Petrović

27.2.

Prague as an urban laboratory

Martin Ouředníček

5.3.

Gentrification and inner city

Petra Špačková

12.3.

Housing estates

Petra Špačková

19.3.

Residential mobility and segregation

Martin Ouředníček

26.3.

Test I.

Foreigners in Prague

Adela Petrović

Ivana Křížková

2.4.

Film seminar

Petra Špačková

Adela Petrović

9.4.

Social and demographic continuity and discontinuity of modern Warsaw

Mikołaj Madurowicz

16.4.

Suburbanisation

Martin Ouředníček

23.4.

Dean's day, no lecture

 

30.4.

Residential mobility and residential choice

Petra Špačková

Joanne Hirtzel

Marie Horňáková

afternoon

Housing estates field trip

Petra Špačková

7.5.

Suburban field trip

Martin Ouředníček

14.5.

no lecture (moved to 30.4. afternoon)

 

21.5.

Test II.

Adela Petrović

 

Course requirements and evaluation criteria 

Basic level

  • Total score in tests I and II > 50 %
  • Attendance of at least 7 lectures (excluding Introduction), 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
  • Research project (in pairs)
    • discussion of research questions and brief literature overview
    • discussion of methodology
    • submission of draft paper
    • presentation and discussion of research project at the "USG II conference"
    • submission of research paper

 

Find more information in Moodle.

From lectures: Test

TestTest

 

Exercise: Team work

Exercises - work in teams

 

 Field trip to Černý Most housing estate:

Field trip Černý Most