OS02 INSTITUTION Oslo School of Architecture (AHO)
Introduction to Urban Theory
TEACHING STAFF Prof. Edward Robbins
SUBJECT AREA   NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS … CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of studentís work
5 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES no   PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 5 ONLINE HOURS n/a  
ON LINE TUTORIALS none HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK n/a  
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT essay TOTAL Consultation by email  
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 10 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA  
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

What class is about?

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the dynamics that created contemporary urban socio-spatial practices and patterns; to offer a discussion of different social theories that have been used to explain cites and the process of urbanization. We will examine a number of important theorists beginning with the crucial foundational European theorists; Marx/Engels, Weber and Simmel, and North American theorists; Park, and Wirth. We will then examine and analyze the shape and direction of urban social theory over the last half century and include such theorists as Lefebrve, Harvey, Castells, Dear, Soja, Foucault, Wilson, Sassen, MG Smith, Auge, and Tonkiss among others. Over the length of the course we also will address the implications of these theories for urban design, urban form and urban life.

The five lectures are:

  • Foundational Theories: The work of Marx/Engels; Weber; Simmel and the Chicago School and its implications for urban theory
  • The City of Capital: Markets, Modernity and Urban Space: Lefebrve, Harvey and Castells and the reawakening of urban theory
  • The City Transformed: Theories of postmodernism, globalism and the network society
  • The City of the Other: Discourses on women and the city; spaces of the other
  • The Contested City: Rethinking urbanism
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. To develop an overview of different theoretical approaches to the city
  2. To understand the implications of social theory for urban design and planning
   
 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE
The module is base on 5 lectures which will be available on the website and readings to be assigned.
The candidate will present a completed draft of the paper and receive comments, which then will be incorporated into the final paper.
The final paper will be graded and handed back with comments.
All communication with the teacher will be through e-mail.
 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE