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DSOC 1340A - Understanding the City

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course focuses on the city that we can see when we walk around, the city of buildings and people, and also the things that we don't always see – the city of sentiments, conflict, traffic flows, bike messengers, sewage networks, asset prices and municipal taxation, of animals and nature. This course uses key academic readings, case studies, and in-the-news topics, to study the city as a complex space where buildings, people, animals, laws, policies, international financial flows, intersect to produce our lived experience. The aim is for us to be able to see social science theory as we walk around in the city. A key learning objective is close reading of texts, understanding the key argument of each text, and applying concepts to the real urban world.


ISSAR, Sukriti (Assistant professor OSC, SciencesPo)

Course validation

Weekly notes [short, informal, <200 words, to engage students in the reading] 8 weeks total out of the 12 weeks [grade = 40% of total or 5% each]. Three papers, 3-4 pages each, analysing 1) a public space in Paris that you will observe, 2) draft 1 of urban land conflict of your choice, and 3) draft 2 revision and extension of draft 1 [20% each, 60 % of total].

Required reading

There is no textbook ; students are required to read the readings assigned for each week in the syllabus

Additional required reading

At present there is no further information on this