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Urban Studies: 21st Century Cities

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Sociology

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Course content

Cities are core to human political, social, and economic life (Storber, 2013) and there is significant and growing academic debate and empirical research around the role and effect of city living. There are also significant questions raised in real world governance, planning and public policy around cities, both in the developed world (for instance, policy debate around the devolution agenda in the UK, specifically in terms of Greater Manchester) and in the Global South.

Core to these debates is the question of the universality or particularity of the urban experience; that is, the extent to which urbanisation is a universal process, with common driving forces, or is particular to each individual city case. This is a key question: can we, for example, learn from Manchester’s experience of urbanisation and apply this to understand current urbanisation in the Global South? Are the driving forces of current urbanisation similar to those behind the urbanisation of Manchester in the late 18thand early 19thcenturies? The overall aim of this programme is to consider whether there are plausible explanations of city development both over time and comparatively, of differences in pace, scale and density of urban development, and differences across parts of the world. The programme will focus on different theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding urban development and the urban experience, and provide students will analytical skills to undertake research in urban studies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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