KE6024 - Critical Urban Geographies

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the processes and practices shaping urban worlds and the ways in which these are socially and spatially differentiated, revealing the diversity of lived experiences in cities across the world as well as different theoretical histories. You will learn the unique contribution geographers have made to our understanding of cities, everyday life in the city, and to think critically about urbanisation, in particular, to critique and challenge the dominance of neoliberal representations of the city. We will explore how processes of governance b/order urban space and the ways in which these are negotiated and contested. Key themes in the module will include cities and modernity; consumption, consumer culture and urban space; urban geopolitics; and debates around public space and the “right to the city”. Through field work in and around Newcastle, you will also learn to undertake participant observation, keep a fieldwork diary and analyse in-depth, ethnographic data.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, short field trips, independent learning and directed tasks (such as using study groups to lead seminars). The lectures will cover theories and concepts, case study material, key exemplars, and module staff’s own research. Where appropriate guest lecturers will be invited to provide insights into critical urban geographies. Seminars are designed to allow you to explore issues raised in lectures, readings and other materials, e.g. documentary film and media in greater depth. Directed and independent learning tasks will be suggested each week to allow you to explore the module material in your own way. All your learning will be supported through resources made available on the module ELP.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by a comprehensive module handbook outlining key dates, all seminar worksheets and assignment briefs for the academic year, plus key books and journals to help you plan your learning and time. You will be given directed reading from each lecture via an electronic reading list, while other learning resources, such as links to government or public-policy reports and documentary films will be added to the eLP throughout the course. You will receive tailored written feedback on the written assignments.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk

The module will be supported by an electronic reading list which is organised by lecture. This will include a mixture of books, chapters and journal articles. Key literature will be summarised in the lectures but you will be expected to read on a weekly basis, to prepare you for both the field trips and module assignments.

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1) You will demonstrate a critical understanding of the diversity of processes and practices shaping urban worlds;
2) You will critically examine the ways in which urban spaces are being produced, governed, experienced, contested and transformed through everyday practices.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3) You will critically apply theories and concepts covered in the module to analyse real world case studies.
4) You will demonstrate critical reflexivity and be able to comment on your own positionality in relation to the processes and practices shaping urban worlds.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5) You will effectively analyse differential lived experiences of contemporary cities.

How will I be assessed?

There are two assessments for this module. A coursework essay (40%) an ethnographic report (60%). The first assignment is designed to bring together your theoretical learning across Semester 1 (MLOs 1-3 & 5). The second assignment is an ethnographic report, which will incorporate and analyse your own data gathered in and around Newcastle during semester 2 (MLOs 1-5).

Both assignments will be submitted and feedback will be provided in a detailed written format electronically via Turnitin. In addition, students will have the opportunity to gain verbal feedback on their ideas and structure of the second assignment in seminars and on field trips during the second semester.

Pre-requisite(s)

Political Geographies (KE5006), Social Geography (KE5007); Approaches to Research in Human Geography (KE5005)

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

What are cities and what do they do? What is their place in the critical Human Geographies that you have engaged in your level 5 course work? This module takes a historical approach to enable you to think critically about how processes of urbanisation have been theorised and critiqued. In order to do this, we will situate the contributions of geographers in the wider context of urban studies. The module takes an international perspective, encouraging participants to read widely about the diversity of cities across the globe. More specifically, in the lectures and seminars, we will draw upon a range of empirical examples from academic staff’s research in Europe and the Americas. The module explores cities and their relationship to post-war consumer society, governance and the b/ordering of urban space, and how different groups have sought to challenge these processes and create democratic and in some cases post-capitalist urban worlds.

Course info

UCAS Code L700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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