Theories of Urban Studies


To present the main theoretical debates that take place in broad interdisciplinary field of urban studies at present, without forgetting the most important traditions in the disciplinary domains; To encourage doctoral students to scientific interdisciplinarity through the diversification of theories and analytical points of view; To sensitize students to the importance of concepts in the preparation of research process, adjusting them to issues to be developed over the course; To promote critical reflection on urban processes, its interpretations by social and political agents involved in the processes of evaluation and decision; To encourage understanding of long-term processes in the analysis of urban change and its consequences in specific territories; To enable students to articulate between the theories presented and the processes in analysis, for its explanation in a sustained manner.

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Responsible teacher

Luís António Vicente Baptista


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

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Teaching method

Lectures and practices, based on exposure of the syllabus and seminar presentation and discussion of selected texts in each module. In addition to classes, reading the literature of the program, each student will develop a theoretical essay, with accompanying tutorial, which he should give substance to a chosen reflection between the formulations presented and fosters an interdisciplinary view on the phenomenon in question.

Evaluation method

Final report resulting from a unique reflection of its developed and discussed with the teachers(70%), Sum of the monitoring activities of asset classes and discussion of the texts presented(30%)

Subject matter

The syllabus is organized into 5 modules that synthesize complementary theories that focus on the analysis of urban phenomena. It will be approached from Chicago School, to French School of Social Morphology, to social thinkers and planners of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to philosophers of the city, to the current theories on globalization and to urban revitalization and metropolitan segregation.A first module focuses on disciplinary traditions of sociology and anthropology, drawing on concepts which are relevant.A second deals with images and representations of the city in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the perspective of urbanism.A third module is marked on the look of the architect about the city, recurring to theory and practice of thinking about space. In fourth module it will be debated how power relations evolve urban territory and fifth module is a reflection of new forms of governance that impress contemporary dynamics in cities.


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