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 2018/2019: Thursdays 9 a.m., room Z1 in Albertov 6

Web page of the course in Moodle.



Lecturer/ Exercises


Introduction to the course, requirements
Prague as an urban laboratory

Ivana Přidalová
Martin Ouředníček


Foreigners in Prague

Ivana Přidalová


Gentrification and inner city

Petra Špačková, Jan Sýkora


Housing estates

Petra Špačková



Martin Ouředníček


Test I

Post-socialist city

Ivana Přidalová

Anneli Kährik


Daily mobility within the city

Lucie Pospíšilová


Residential mobility and residential choice

Joanne Hirtzel, Petra Špačková, Marie Horňáková

11. 4. afternoon

Field trip: Černý Most

Petra Špačková, Lucie Pospíšilová


Dean’s day – no class



Residential mobility and segregation

Martin Ouředníček


Test II

Field trip: Suburbs of Prague

Ivana Přidalová

Martin Ouředníček


No class, compensation for field trip on afternoon of 11 April



Conference (presentation of research projects)

Martin Ouředníček, Petra Špačková, Ivana Přidalová


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)


  • 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



Exercise: Team work

Exercises - work in teams


 Field trip to Černý Most housing estate:

Field trip Černý Most