Urban Sociology


1. Knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives and concepts regarding a sociological approach to urbanization
2. Knowledge and understanding of research methods used on empirical approaches to urban phenomena which enable the operationalization of theoretical propositions
3. Ability to recognize distinct dimensions of the metropolitan and urban realms in contemporary societies
4. Ability to communicate sociological knowledge on urban issues in an accurate and meaningful way.

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To have accomplished a minimum of 48 ECTS credits


Bassand, M. (1997). Métropolisation et inégalités sociales. Lausanne: Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes.
Brenner, N. & Keil, R. (eds) (2006). The global city reader. London: Routledge.
Costa, A.F. (1999). Sociedade de bairro: Dinâmicas sociais da identidade cultural. Oeiras: Celta.
Grafmeyer, Y. & Authier, J.-Y. (2008). Sociologie urbaine. Paris: Armand Colin.
Grafmeyer, Y. & Joseph, I. (1984). L´École de Chicago: Naissance de l´écologie urbaine. Paris: Aubier.
LeGates, R. & Stout, F. (eds) (2011), The City Reader, London, Routledge (5th edition)
Rémy, J. & Voyé, L. (1994). A cidade: Rumo a uma nova definição? Porto: Afrontamento.
Stébé, J.-M. e Marchal, H. (eds) (2009). Traité sur la ville. Paris: PUF.

Teaching method

Lectures (50%)
Practical classes (50%): discussion of themes and issues proposed by the professor; paper presentation, in class, by students on texts proposed by the lecturer.
In class teaching.

Evaluation method

Written test in class (60%)
Written paper based on the reading of a scientific article and its presentation to class; discussion of the paper (40%)

Subject matter

1. Urbanization and the city
1.1. Urbanization as a spaces-transforming process
1.2. The city as the origin of the urbanization process
1.3. Urban and rural as ideal types. The oposition between the city and the countryside.
2. The urban and social dimensions of the city
2.1. Urbanity and urban order
2.2. Urban spaces and urban populations
2.3. The internal organization of the metropolitan and urban agglomerations
3. Urbanization and power
3.1. Urban planning, class strucutre and the State
3.2. City builders: public and private agents; investors and residents
4. Metropolis and Globalization
4.1. Urbanism and ruralism: coexisting ways of life?
4.2. Suburbanization and Gentrification
4.3. Global Cities


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