Urban Social Geography I: Key Theoretical Approaches

Garant/ka předmětu

Martin Ouředníček


zimní semestr

Počet kreditů

7 credits (ZS/LS, 2/1, zk, z)

Moodle předmětu

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  • The Urban Social Geography I: Key Theoretical Approaches is the first part of the course Urban Social Geography. It is held during the winter semester and introduces the key theoretical approaches within the field of urban geography. In the summer term, the second part, Urban Social Geography II: Contemporary Issues, is arranged along the fundamental themes in contemporary urban studies.

    The Urban Social Geography I: Key Theoretical Approaches 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.



    Date | Topic  | Teacher

    7.10. | Introduction to the course | Adela Petrović

    How to study urban geography | Martin Ouředníček

    14.10.| Classical urban theories | Martin Šimon

    21.10. | Chicago school of urban sociology | Martin Ouředníček

    28.10. | State holidays | No lecture

    4.11. | Humanistic approach | Lucie Pospíšilová

    11.11. | Radical political economy, institutional approach | Petra Špačková

    18.11. | Test I | Adela Petrović

    Theory of structuration and social environment | Martin Ouředníček

    25.11. | Urban as the domain of accumulation, differentiation and contestation | Ondřej Špaček

    2.12. | Urban planning | Petra Špačková

    9.12. | Time geography in urban research | Petra Špačková

    16.12. | Postmodern urban geography | Martin Šimon

    23.12. | Day before Christmas | No lecture

    6.1.22. | Test II | Adela Petrović

    January | Exam | Martin Ouředníček, Petra Špačková, 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)


    Same conditions as for basic level plus:

    Activity and discussion of required readings in class

    Exam – essay

    Note: Completion of previous courses in urban geography is not required.


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