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Cities and Urban Inequalities


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: two essays of 2000 words each (50% each)

Module description

In this module you will gain a critical understanding of the various ways that the city is theorised, imagined, represented and experienced. The thematic focus is on how and why urban inequalities occur both socially (e.g. class, poverty, race and gender) and spatially (e.g. racial segregation, marginality and gentrification) in contemporary cities.

We also examine urban regeneration policies and programmes such as the Olympic Games. Research examples will primarily be drawn from European and North American cities, although reference will also be made to cities in the Global South. We will draw upon the convenor’s publications and research in the field of urban studies.

Indicative syllabus

  • Modern and postmodern cities - from Chicago to LA
  • Global cities
  • Racial segregation and the multi-ethnic city
  • Urban poverty in Europe and the US
  • Homelessness and the city
  • Social housing and urban regeneration
  • The Olympic Games and urban regeneration
  • Gentrification
  • Urban political activism
  • Urban riots