Arc - Urb - Cost (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (1098) URBAN PLANNING AND POLICY DESIGN - PIANIFICAZIONE URBANA E POLITICHE TERRITORIALI
096855 - CONTEMPORARY CITY: SOCIAL CHANGE AND POLICIES
This course is aimed at giving the student critical and practical instruments to consider the social implications of current spatial and economic transformations of the city.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Students are expected to improve their skills in the following ways:
1. To reach a specialised, updated knowledge of the issue at stake based on the study of the proposed readings and collective discussion in class; to develop a critical, individual approach to the considered literature;
2. To develop a good capacity to apply theoretical contributions to specific, practical problems and issues, understanding the practical implications of theoretical approaches and the theoretical impacts of empirical results;
3. To develop the capacity to study a specific area/problem and make subjective judgements on the relevance/implications of the empirical results found in the field work;
4. To be able to present the research results through oral presentations in class and written reports; to demonstrate capacity to publicly discuss their own work;
5. To be able to recognise what they have learned and how these new skills can be used in their future scientific and practical career.
The course is based on the contribution of urban sociology to understand the characteristics, problems and dynamics of contemporary cities. It does not require any previous knowledge in sociology or urban sociology. The course mobilises multi-disciplinary contributions in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues at stake, which is preliminary to policy and planning intervention. Students are asked to enrich their theoretical knowledge through specific readings and are invited to carry out a specific field work in small groups, under the supervision of the teacher.
Current social and economic changes redefine the configuration of contemporary cities and raise new concerns about socio-spatial inequality. Urban planning plays a crucial role in the creation of spaces and opportunities for social integration. The aim of the course is to give the student some critical and practical instruments to consider the social impact of recent and current transformations of the city.
The course will be focused on the analysis of the social and economic transformations taking place in many cities in the last century and space related impacts. A specific focus will be on dynamics of segregation and gentrification processes. We will address these issues both on a theoretical and practical side, through literature analysis and a specific empirical work.
The course will be organized in two parts.
On the one side, we will review the basic concepts elaborated by sociology to understand urban changes, and factors, configuration and impacts of urban segregation and gentrification.
On the other side, students will be asked to reconstruct the urban dynamics of a specific city, with a specific focus on one of the aspects considered in the course.
Invited speakers and other materials for discussion will enrich the course. Active participation of students throughout the course will be encouraged and evaluated.
There are no special requirements for this course: only a great motivation to learn and accept challenges is asked to students.
Modalità di valutazione
For attending students the evaluation will consist in:
a non-compulsory mid-term written exam on the indicated bibliography;
a final written exam on the indicated bibliography;
a city-study written report to be prepared in groups (max. 2 students);
an oral discussion of the city-study report.
The bibliography will consist in a collection of readings of the course. Students are invited to see the syllabus – that will be uploaded on Beep – for the list of book chapters and journal articles to be prepared and where to find them.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the bibliography of the course.
For non attending students the evaluation will consist in:
an oral exam on the indicated bibliography.
The bibliography will consist in a collection of readings of the course and a Manual of Urban Sociology (see bibliography)
Various authors, Readings of the course Note:
These reading are compulsory for all students, both attending and non attending. See the syllabus for the detailed list
Abrahamson, M., Urban Sociology: A Global Introduction, Editore: Cambridge University Press Note:
only for non attending students
Tipo Forma Didattica
Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese