Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3179: City Politics: Power, Policy and Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Stephen Greasley (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module is about the way that cities are governed. It starts with a review of some classic debates about power in cities. Who governs? How are they held to account? Which interests are served by decision-makers? You will look at the recent debates on local political leadership in England and at how urban political power is organised in other democratic nations. The second part of the module focuses on how these political processes play out in policy choices in different cities, considering a range of examples. This part will also look at approaches to urban policy developed by national governments. The third part of the module will focus on social conflict and the management of conflict in cities, looking at the history of urban riots and the political responses to them and the history of cities as the source of political and social movements.

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