HGO4201 - Urbanism - urban structures and trends

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Course content

This is an advanced course in urban geographical theory for students of human geography. The aim is to explore urban theory through thematic excursions in the literature and in diverse field settings. An additional aim is to provide preparatory training for thesis writing.

 

The course involves the in-depth analysis of traditional and contemporary theories within urban social geography. The following main themes are covered by the course syllabus:

1. Classics in urban studies

2. Urbanization and counter-trends

3. Contemporary urbanism

4. Collective memory and the city

5. Comparative urbanism

6. Residential segregation and “place poverty”

Learning outcome

Knowledge goals

 

You will be able to:

  • account for and discuss key concepts and theories in traditional and contemporary urban social geography.

  • explain the correlation between economic and societal development and various kinds of urban differentiation processes and patterns

  • explain and provide examples of how different processes take shape at different geographical levels (from global to local conditions).

Skills attainment goals

You will be able to:

  • account for, discuss and critique concepts and theories in a sophisticated manner

  • connect these theories, and critiques thereof, to concrete settings in the field

  • write a theoretically informed paper, using empirical examples, within a stated time limit. Your written work must demonstrate a thorough understanding of correlations, show a high level of precision, and be characterized by independent critical thinking.

General competences

  • The course will promote a theoretically grounded understanding of past and contemporary urban development.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is a part of the Master's program in Human Geography. Students with admission to other relevant master’s degree programmes can apply for admission as guest students.

 

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

This course builds on SGO2100 - Bygeografi og urbanisme and SGO3500 – Byers struktur og utvikling at the bachelor level in human geography. However, sitting examinations in these courses it is not a prerequisite for taking this course.

Overlapping courses

Teaching

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, and student-led mini-fieldtrips in Oslo.

Compulsory instruction and coursework

Participation in at least 80% of the seminars and 75% of the fieldtrips is mandatory.

Completed and approved compulsory course work is valid as long as the course is offered. Students who have failed to complete the compulsory attendance cannot take the exam.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Examination

The course is examined with a course paper, approx. 4000-6000 words (excluding references) written in Times New Roman, font size 12 and spacing 1.5. The students will choose from a list of selected topics, and write a course paper on behalf of this. Topic list will be handed out in Fronter later in the semester

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

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Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every other autumn starting 2017

Examination

Every other autumn starting 2017

Teaching language

English