United Kingdom, London

Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space

when 3 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1850

Using London as a laboratory and a springboard, this module will explore how contemporary cities are being theorised, experienced and understood.

A truly global city, London is both an international centre of finance and culture, and home to people from all over the world. London is also an ordinary city where people negotiate their everyday routines. This module will introduce students to a range of interdisciplinary themes within urban studies and will provide them with the opportunity to learn what London has to offer whilst also thinking about the contradictions it produces.

Ultimately, the module aims to enable students to think critically about their stay in London, and consider their own relations to, and place within, an increasingly urbanised world.

Course leader

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.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Be familiar with key academic theories, frameworks and concepts for understanding contemporary cities;

Be able to reflect on, and apply these theories and concepts to London and to their own cities;

Have utilised case studies, field trips, 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.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £400.
GBP 1000: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £1000 for one three-week session. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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