Changing Cities & Neighbourhoods URBAN5002

  • Academic Session: 2013-14
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad knowledge of the concepts and theories relevant to the study of urban change, spatial planning and urban policy, together with an understanding of the main trends in urban development in developed countries today. There is a particular focus on Britain, but this is located within an international context. The course is based around the idea of the "new urban agenda" which has emerged in public policy in many developed countries over the past decade. This encompasses both the "problems" which are characteristic of many cities at present but also the particular "possibilities" which cities are said to offer ? economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. What is different about cities? Do they offer unique possibilities for social or cultural development, economic growth or environmental sustainability? Are they locations for particular types of problem? What would a socially just, economically competitive or environmentally sustainable city look like? And what are the barriers to achieving this?


Module taught over 2 x 2 day blocks between September and June .


This course will be formally assessed by means of course work in the form of one or two essays of total length 4,000-5,000 words.