London, United Kingdom

Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space

when 4 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2230

This course will use London to explore how contemporary cities are being theorized, experienced and understood. Consideration will be given to how cities are conceptualised in and through the context of globalisation. The concept of ‘global cities’ will be contrasted with perspectives that emphasise the ‘ordinary’ quality of cities, to allow students to engage analytically and critically with the complexities and diversities of urban life and experiences. A range of interdisciplinary themes within urban studies will be employed to explore the diverse socio-spatial and cultural dynamics and practices both with respect to London and to student’s home cities.

Each week students will use a different theme through which to understand processes in London and other urban contexts.

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:

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

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 15 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2230: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP : Students are welcome to apply for accommodation at a UCL summer residence.