20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The aims are (i) to develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary and historical urban theories and politics, (ii) to enhance critical thinking about urban issues and policy, (iii) to expand awareness of the assumptions, values and ideas underlying current theories and policies for cities, (iv) to engender awareness and critical thinking regarding equal opportunities (v) to develop knowledge regarding uban governance, urban economic change and contemporary urban social problems. The course is in two parts: Part 1 focuses on the development of urban theory, drawing on explanations of urban growth and change from the 19th C to the present; Part 2 considers the contemporary city economy, urban politics, urban social problems and equal opportunities issues.

Staff Contact: Professor Rowland Atkinson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study, Advice sessions
Assessment: Course work
WebCT resources are available for this module

Notes: Must be taken for RTPI accreditation

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

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK