- Module code
- Taught during
- Session One
- Module leader
- Hayley Gewer
- None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
- Assessment method
- Portfolio of fieldwork (50%), Essay (50%)
London is truly a global city. An international centre of culture and art, business and finance, education and research and tourism: the city is also home to people from all over the world who help shape and characterise its diversity. Despite its status as a global city, London must also be understood as an ordinary city; one of the hundreds of large cities around the world where people negotiate their daily routines of living, working, travelling and sharing space with others. This course will use London as a springboard to explore ways that contemporary cities are being theorized, experienced and understood.
A mixture of seminars and fieldwork will introduce you to a range of interdisciplinary themes within urban studies and provide you with the opportunity to encounter and learn from what the city of London has to offer as well as the contradictions it produces. Giving you the opportunity to think critically about and through your temporary stay in London, the course aims to challenge you to consider your own relations to, and place within, an increasingly urbanised world.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will:
- Have been introduced to key academic theories, frameworks and concepts for understanding contemporary urbanism and cities;
- Have had the opportunity to reflect on and apply these theories and concepts to London and to their own cities;
- A sound understanding of London’s local particularities, global connections and place within a world of cities
- Have developed an understanding of the complexities and diversities contained within contemporary urban life, both in London and in other cities across the globe
- Have utilised case studies, fieldtrips, classroom tasks and personal portfolios to better record and understand urban processes
- Have experimented with different methods to observe, engage with and analyse data around everyday urban experiences and practices
- Have produced clear, coherent and academically well-supported written reports
- Have reflected critically on decisions, learning styles, and research undertaken to be able to improve one’s own engagement in both independent and team work
This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.
Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.
- 2,000-word essay (50%)
- Portfolio of fieldwork (50%)
Hayley Gewer is an urbanist and academic English language tutor. She is currently undertaking research in Johannesburg, around urban densification and resilience; and the intersection between informality, livelihoods and urban poverty.