London, United Kingdom

Global London: Contemporary Urbanism, Culture and Space

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

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 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.