Syllabus for Urban Sociology: Current Challenges

Urbansociologi - aktuella utmaningar

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2SC159
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2020-06-11
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 01, 2021
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in social sciences. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies.
  • Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as an elective course within the Master's Programme in Social Science and as a stand-alone course. The course is given in English.

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of some current challenges of cities from an urban sociology perspective. Students will engage with the major theoretical debates and will conduct empirical analysis of local cases. The course will focus on issues such as segregation, gentrification, housing provision, planning governance, public spaces, gender, and urban activism in the context of changing Swedish cities and global urbanisation processes.

After completing the course, the student:
a) will be able to identify the main analytical approaches in urban sociology;
b) will be able to apply theoretical insights to specific cases of urban phenomena and processes;
c) will be able to write a sociological report based on a case study about a current urban phenomenon.

Content

The course will present sociological approaches to spatial segregation, gentrification, housing provision, urban planning, public spaces, gender, and urban activism in the context of changing Swedish cities and global urbanisation processes. Contemporary empirical studies with different research methods are used to illustrate the theoretical approaches. Lectures and seminars will encourage critical discussions on current urban issues in the context of changing Swedish cities and global urbanisation processes.

Instruction

The course consists of lectures, seminars and empirical observations. Active participation in seminars is compulsory. Justified absence from seminars can only be compensated to a lesser extent by written submissions. If requirements for attendance are not met, the student will be referred to the next course opportunity.

Assessment

Assessment is by written home assignments and active participation in oral seminars. Submissions submitted after the deadline cannot be accepted. In case of missed deadline, the student is referred to re-examination. If there are justified special reasons, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Arnstein, S. A Ladder Of Citizen Participation

    Part of:

    Journal of the American Institute of Planners [Elektronisk resurs]

    1935-1978

    vol. 35 (1969) nr. 4 s. 216-224

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Pressure and violence: Housing renovation and displacement in Sweden Baeten, G.; Westin, S.; Pull, E.; Molina, I.

    Part of:

    Environment & planning : A

    London: Pion, 1974-

    vol. 0 (2016) nr. 0 s. 1-21

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Blokland, T. The Public Life of Social Capital

    Part of:

    Hall, Suzanne; Burdett, Richard The SAGE handbook of the 21st century city

    Los Angeles: SAGE, 2017

    (2017) s. Chap. 30

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Borjas, George J. Ethnic Capital and Intergenerational Mobility

    Part of:

    Harvard University. Department of Economics, The quarterly journal of economics.

    vol. 107 (1992) nr. 1 s. 123-150

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bourlessas, P. ‘These people should not rest’: mobilities and frictions of the homeless geographies in Athens city centre

    Part of:

    Mobilities [Elektronisk resurs]

    Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge Journals, c2006-

    vol. 13 (2018) nr. 5 s. 746-760

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Charter of the New Urbanism: Congress for the New Urbanism

    Charter of the New Urbanism, 2000

    Mandatory

  • Çağlar, Ayşe; Schiller, Nina Glick Migrants & city-making : dispossession, displacement, & urban regeneration

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2018

    Selected chapters

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Fainstein, Susan S. The just city

    Part of:

    International Journal of Urban Sciences [Elektronisk resurs]

    1998-

    vol. 18 (2014) nr. 1 s. 1-18

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Fenster, T. The right to the gendered city: different formations of belonging in everyday life

    Part of:

    Journal of gender studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    London : Taylor & Francis: 1999-

    vol. 14 (2005) nr. 3 s. 217-231

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Gans, H. J. The Sociology of Space: A Use-Centered View

    Part of:

    City & community [Elektronisk resurs]

    Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, cop. 2002-

    vol. 1 (2002) nr. 4 s. 329-339

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Kalyukin, A.; Borén, T.; Byerley, A. The second generation of post-socialist change: Gorky Park and public space in Moscow

    Part of:

    Urban geography [Elektronisk resurs]

    Silver Spring, Md.: V.H. Winston, c1980-

    vol. 36 (2015) nr. 5 s. 674-695

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Madden, David J.; Marcuse, Peter In defense of housing : the politics of crisis

    London: Verso, 2016

    pp. 15-52

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Marcuse, P. From critical urban theory to the right to the city

    Part of:

    City [Elektronisk resurs] : analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action

    London: Routledge, 2000-

    vol. 13 (2009) nr. 2-3 s. 185-197

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Martínez López, M. Framing Urban Movements, Contesting Global Capitalism and Liberal Democracy

    Part of:

    Yip, Ngai Ming; Martínez López, Miguel Angel; Sun, Xiaoyi Contested cities and urban activism

    Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]

    (2019) s. 25-45

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Mayer, M. Neoliberal Urbanism and Uprisings Across Europe

    Part of:

    Mayer, Margit; Thörn, Catharina; Thörn, Håkan Urban uprisings : challenging neoliberal urbanism in Europe

    London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

    (2016) s. 57-92

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Mitchell, Don The right to the city : social justice and the fight for public space

    New York: Guilford Press, cop 2003

    Kap. 4

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Scott, A. J.; Storper, M. The Nature of Cities: The Scope and Limits of Urban Theory

    Part of:

    International journal of urban and regional research.

    vol. 39 (2014) nr. 1 s. 1–15

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Smith, Neil New Globalism, New Urbanism: Gentrification as Global Urban Strategy

    Part of:

    Antipode [Elektronisk resurs] : a radical journal of geography

    Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1997-

    vol. 34 (2002) nr. 3 s. 427-450

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Sorvoll, J.; Bengtsson, B. The Pyrrhic victory of civil society housing? Co-operative housing in Sweden and Norway

    Part of:

    International Journal of Housing Policy [Elektronisk resurs]

    2010-

    vol. 18 (2018) nr. 1 s. 124-142

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Spain, D. What happened to gender relations on the way from Chicago to Los Angeles?

    Part of:

    City & community [Elektronisk resurs]

    Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, cop. 2002-

    vol. 1 (2002) nr. 2 s. 155-169

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Valentine, G. The geography of women's fear

    Part of:

    Area : tidskrift om landskapsarkitektur.

    vol. 21 (1989) nr. 4 s. 385-390

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Wacquant, Loïc Territorial Stigmatization in the Age of Advanced Marginality

    Part of:

    Thesis eleven : a socialist journal

    London: Sage Publications, 1980-

    vol. 91 (2007) nr. 1 s. 66–77

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Wilson, William J. The truly disadvantaged : the inner city, the underclass, and public policy

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987

    Selected chapters

    Find in the library

    Mandatory