APL280 Urban Sociology

Credits (ECTS):5

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:3rd year BYREG students are prioritized (max 45 students in total)

Course frequency:Each year.

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:Autumn parallel

About this course

This course introduces students to basic principles of urban sociology and fundamental understanding of the sociological approach to the study of cities and communities. By applying urban theories, quantitative and qualitative research methods, the course provides students critical and practical instruments to consider the social implications of current spatial transformations in cities. The teaching focuses on some specific topics. 1. The effects of the Post-industrial transition on the economic and social structure of the city. 2. Socio-spatial justice in contemporary cities: processes of gentrification, patterns of residential segregation, social mix policies. 3. Urban sustainability and its social dimension. 4. Planning for diversity and inclusion.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course students have acquired an array of tools and skills they need to conduct field research and to cultivate new ways of interpreting urban settings: 1) to demonstrate a good knowledge of the most relevant theories and topics of urban sociology; 2) to apply theoretical perspectives from urban studies to specific, practical problems and issues connected to urban planning; 3) to select and use appropriate social research methods (both quantitative and qualitative) in scientific investigation; 4) to present results through academic writing; 5) to present the research results through oral communications in class and written reports.
  • Lectures, invited speakers, problem-based group discussions, self-study, exercises in academic writing, critical reading of scientific articles, student presentations, research-based project work.
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (general admission)
  • Portfolio based assessment consisting of : 1) understanding socio-spatial changes in cities. the relevance for planning; 2) Collection of mandatory assignements

    Language: english

    Continuous exam: A-F.

    Portfolio Grading: Letter grades
  • An external censor will verify the quality of marking for the assessed essays.
  • Project-work; assignaments.
  • approx. 25-30 hours Lectures and seminar
  • M-BYREG and Master in Landscape Architecture for Global Sustainability