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 2016/2017: Thursdays 9 a.m., room Z4 in Albertov 6

Web page of the course in Moodle.

Lecturer/ Exercises 
23. 2.
Introduction to the course, requirements
Ivana Přidalová
2. 3.
Prague as an urban laboratory
Martin Ouředníček
9. 3.
Foreigners in the city: migration, tourism
Ivana Přidalová, Veronika Dumbrovská
16. 3.
Residential mobility and segregation
Martin Ouředníček, Jelena Lončar
23. 3.
Housing estates
Petra Špačková
30. 3.
Field trip: Černý Most housing estate
Test I, research project methodology discussion
Petra Špačková, Libor Jelen, Lucie Pospíšilová
6. 4.
Shrinking cities
Martin Šimon
13. 4.
Suburbanisation in Western and Post-Socialist Europe
Júlia Schuchmann
20. 4.
Distance lecture - work on research project
27. 4.
Daily mobility within the city
Lucie Pospíšilová
4. 5.
Martin Ouředníček
11. 5.
Crime and safety in the city
Jana Jíchová
18. 5.
Field trip: Suburbs of Prague
Test II
Martin Ouředníček, Petr Koloušek
TBA (Exam period)
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)
  • presentation of research plan
  • presentation and discussion of research project at the "USG II conference"
  • 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