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How have cities been imagined, navigated, and represented? What are some of the cultural, social, political, and environmental challenges that cities face in the 21st century? This subject examines how the city has been theorized as a core concept of modernity and modernization or represented through various aesthetic practices (photography, film, tv, literature, essays), moving from key cultural theorists of the city and urban life to case studies of city cultures and urban practices. By exploring everyday urban ecologies alongside creative and political interventions that transform urban life, the subject seeks to understand how cities are sites of pleasure, inclusion and diversity but also spaces of struggle, alienation and isolation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a complex knowledge of the history and cultural processes that inform different ideas of the city.
- Demonstrate independent critical thought alongside generosity and curiosity about new ideas and approaches to the study of city cultures and urban ecologies.
- Apply a range of theoretical concepts informed by cultural studies to examples of urban culture and practices.
- Understand the relationship between representations of cities and the everyday practices of particular urban experiences.
- Apply interdisciplinary cultural studies methods to the study of cities and urban culture.
- Demonstrate intellectual honesty and ethical values in the study of diverse urban cultures.
- have advanced research and analysis skills;
- show critical and ethical self-awareness;
- have the ability to develop and communicate effective arguments in both oral and written form, and
- develop advanced skills in media and information literacy and management.
Last updated: 10 December 2019