Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2097: Politics and the Urban in Transition

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce and analyze political debates within interdisciplinary research on the global urban transition. We will connect key disciplinary concepts, arguments, and authors in Politics and International Relations to the burgeoning interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research on global cities, global urbanization, planetary urbanization, assemblage urbanism, urbanisms in the Global South, and feminist and decolonial urbanisms, amongst other literatures. This module will enable you to analyze claims about global urbanism in relation to contemporary politics and to engage in place-specific debates about urbanization and urban transitions as debates about political futures. Additionally, this module aims to support connections between practical and theoretical learning by including a local field-trip.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Describe and critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of major theoretical approaches to the politics of the global urban transition,
2. Explain the theoretical and practical challenges of political analyses of the global urban transition and argue coherently for and/or against particular approaches.
3. Analyze a particular case of ‘urban’ transition as a debate over definitions and possibilities of contemporary and future politics.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Synthesize and critically assess a defined field of political research.
5. Demonstrate through oral and written course work the capacity to extend and revise political concepts to account for new fields of theoretical and empirical research.
6. Engage effectively with interdisciplinary research and articulate the significance of this work for analyses of contemporary political life.
Personal and Key Skills7. Work independently and in groups to engage in spontaneous discussion and defence of arguments in class, to prepare presentations for class discussion, and to contribute to a productive classroom.
8. Work independently to research, formulate, write, and present critical analyses that engage a complex mix of theoretical and empirical content.
9. Research, apply, and present your analyses through alternative practices that are oriented to practical or creative pursuits (for example, but not limited to: policy briefings, urban planning, public art, photography)
10. Develop and extend a self-reflexive academic practice that is both independent and collaborative, including: assessing strengths and weaknesses, identifying goals and work plans, integrating feedback, and envisioning future work paths.