20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module aims to develop student's imaginative engagement with the nature of urban life and human settlement. Urban theory refers to writing and thinking devoted to 'seeing' and understanding urban life - ideas are critical to how we engage with the key features and problems of the urban world. Theory is also important to our understanding of how cities work in practice - how we understand and view urban life is critical to the development of cities and to efforts seeking to make them more socially just, sustainable and better places to live. Urban Theory introduces a range of ideas and key concepts in urban studies with a view to understanding how cities have developed and how they 'work' in broad terms. The module considers a range of thinkers, ideas and problems.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study,
Assessment: Course work, Project/ portfolio

Notes: Must be taken for RTPI accreditation

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Urban Studies and Planning):

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