SGO4201 – Urbanism – urban structures and trends
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course is an in-depth study of recent theories about the economic, technological, cultural and social development of towns and cities. The core area of the syllabus covers correlations between economic change and various kinds of differentiation, including segregation. An affiliated topic is the correlations between physical mobility or daily trips, urban development and urbanity. We also consider the growth of an ‘electronic’ urbanism, and how the use of ICT contributes to the transformation of towns and cities. The course elucidates processes at several geographical levels, from global processes via processes in the individual town or city to processes in urban neighbourhoods. In particular, we emphasize place-related factors, including ‘place poverty’, ethnic enclaves, lifestyle enclaves and fortified enclaves.
You will be able to:
- account for and discuss key concepts and recent theories about economic, technological, cultural and social development in towns and cities
- explain the correlation between economic development and various kinds of differentiation
- explain and cite examples of how urban development and urbanity influence and are influenced by physical mobility and electronic communication
- 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 and discuss concepts and theories with a high level of precision
- write a paper at a high theoretical level, using empirical examples, within a stated time limit. Your written work must reflect thorough understanding of correlations, show a high level of precision, and be characterized by independent thinking.
- The course will promote a theoretically grounded understanding of the economic, social and technological development of towns and cities.
Admission to the course is dependent on admission to the master’s degree programme in human geography. Students with admission to other relevant master’s degree programmes can apply for admission as guest students.
Students with admission to the programme must each semester register which courses and examinations they wish to sign up for in StudentWeb.
Recommended previous knowledge
This course builds on SGO2100 – Bygeografi og urbanisme and SGO3100 – By- og regional utvikling (discontinued) at the bachelor level in human geography. However, sitting examinations in these courses it is not a prerequisite for taking this course.
The course replaces parts of SGO4012 – Bygeografi (discontinued) and SGO312, both of which are courses previously offered by the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.
This course will be taught at The University of Oslo, Blindern campus. Other location in Oslo may be used. Teaching includes lectures and seminars.
A 6-hour school exam at the end of the term.
The Faculty of Social Science is responsible for all written exams, and these exams are normally held at The University of Oslo, Blindern campus. Other locations in Oslo may be used.
Examination support material
Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
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.
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.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.