Fundamentals of Urban Sociology [D]

Term: Fall 2009

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5004

The course offers a survey of the central themes of urban sociology. It examines the distinctiveness of the city as a form of social organization, highlighting how urban space shapes and is simultaneously shaped by social processes. It emphasizes the significance of the city as a strategic research site for sociology, showing how the study of the modern city offers a lens into key social processes such as social inequality, migration, globalization, collective memory and social conflict. It covers a broad range of topics including street life, crime and the informal economy, the relationship between spatial and social segregation, urban riots and mass protests, the place of consumption in urban life, the importance of public space, changes brought about by globalization, and challenges facing cities in the wake of terrorism. The course equips students to reflect critically on everyday urban life while encouraging them to think about the social relevance of urbanity in a comparative and international context.


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