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.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Pedro Lopes de Oliveira Silva Nunes


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



To have accomplished a minimum of 48 ECTS credits     


Blokland, T. & Harding, A. (2014). Urban Theory. Sage: London.
Brenner, N. & Keil, R. (eds) (2006). The global city reader. London: Routledge.
Schmid, C. (2018). New vocabulary of urbanization process: a comparative approach. Urban Studies, 55 (1).
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)
Keil, R. (2018). Suburban Planet. Malden (Ma): Polity
Rémy, J. & Voyé, L. (1994). A cidade: Rumo a uma nova definição? Porto: Afrontamento.

Stébé, J.-M. & Marchal, H. (eds) (2010). Traité sur la ville. Paris: PUF.
Tonkiss, Fran (2006). Space, the city and social theory : social relations and urban forms. London: Polity.

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

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

Subject matter

1. City and urbanization
1.1 Urbanization as a transformative process of space
1.2 The city as an original nucleus of urbanization
1.3 The urban and the rural as ideal-types. The city-country dichotomy.
2. Urban and social dimension of cities
2.1 Urbanity and territorial ordering.
2.2 Urban spaces and populations.
2.3 Internal organization of urban agglomerations.
3. Urbanization and power
3.1 State, planning and class relations. 3.2 The city builders: public and private agents; investors and residents.
4. Metropolis and Globalisation
4.1. Global Cities
4.2 Urban and rural: coexistence of lifestyles?
4.3 Suburbanization, Gentrification and Ghettoisation
4.4 New vocabularies of urbanisationA3ES/NONIO/GUIA A preencher pelo docente responsável


Programs where the course is taught: