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Sociology of the City

Code 13149
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes This course aims to provide a theoretical and substantive knowledge of the sociological paradigms of analysis of urban issues of both classical and contemporary sociology and the main domains of empirical investigation of the processes of urbanization in contemporary societies, especially those that have been developed in Portuguese society.

Syllabus 1. City, Space and Society
1.1 Unity versus relativity in the building of the city concept.
1.2 Cities and urban planning.
1.3 Origin and development of Urban Sociology
2. Currents of Urban Sociology
2.1. The ecological and cultural perspective of the Chicago School.
2.2 The neo-marxist approach.
2.3 Max Weber’s contributions.
2.4 The symbolic approach.
2.5. The current of the ways of life.
3. New Trends in Sociological Studies on Urban Space
3.1. “Metapolização” and mobility
3.2. Gentrification, urban regeneration, sociability and exclusion spaces
3.3. Urban governance and culture in the city
3.4. The city and urban Portuguese sociology
Main Bibliography Fortuna, Carlos (org.), (1997),Cidade, cultura e globalização, Oeiras: Celta Editora.
Mela, Alfredo (1999), A Sociologia das Cidades, Lisboa: Editorial Estampa
Warde, Alan; Savage, Mike (2002), Sociologia Urbana, Capitalismo e Modernidade, Oeiras: Celta editora.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.


Last updated on: 2021-06-09

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