SOCI355-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Sociology of the City

30 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

This course is concerned with the city as it is experienced today: as shifting mixes of public and private spaces in which disruptions provoke different points of view, multiple memories and complex associations.

This course is concerned with the city as it is experienced today: as shifting mixes of public and private spaces in which disruptions provoke different points of view, multiple memories and complex associations. Discussions include the mobile city; mapping the ‘authentic’ city; the sentient city; the invisible city; the global city; cities as entertainment machines; nature and the city; deterritorialization and the futures of urban public space. Christchurch, as both colonial site of a neo-gothic garden city and re-imagined postcolonial site of disaster, risk and vitality, circulates throughout the course.  Therefore two case studies- on what was and what may be Christchurch cap each term of the course.

This course is an interdisciplinary option combining historical, literary and social science approaches to the city.

The first section (A) of the course (weeks 1-6) will deal with the city as it was by looking at topics covering the creation and evolution of the modern city and the modern urban subject. These include: the flaneur and street life; architecture and urban modernity; suburbia, and urban planning. This section derives from a historical-literary approach and also includes insights and critiques from the history of sociology and urban studies.

The second section (B) of the course (weeks 7-12), is concerned with the city as it is experienced today: as shifting mixes of public and private spaces in which disruptions provoke different points of view, multiple memories and complex associations. It focuses on cities as constantly changing networks, experiences and configurations of technospaces; of visible and invisible technologies meshing with always provisional, embodied lives.

Pre-requisites

30 points of SOCI including 15 points at 200 level; OR 30 points of SOCI or ANTH at 200 level; OR 60 points in related subjects including 30 points at 200 level with the approval of the Head Of Department.

Restrictions

SOCI292, SOCI392,SOCI255, CULT210, CULT310

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 West 213A 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Michael Grimshaw

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 30% Word limit 3000 words
Reading responses 20% From Section A (weeks 1-6) 2 responses 750 words From Section B (weeks 7-12) 2 responses 750 words
Critical engagement exercises 50% Exercise 1 - 2500 words (25%) Exercise 2 - 2500 words (25%)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,523.00

International fee $6,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All SOCI355 Occurrences

  • SOCI355-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019