Cities

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MA/MSc

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Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content
Core module (MA & MSc pathway: 60 credits):
  • 7SSG5008 Dissertation in Cities (60 credits) (must Take and Pass)


Compulsory modules (MA & MSc pathway: 40 credits):

  • 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5061 Conceptualising Cities (20 credits)


Compulsory module (MSc pathway: 20 credits)

  • 7SSG5150 Advanced Quantitative and Spatial Methods in Human Geography (20 credits)

Indicative non-core content
Optional modules (MA pathway: 80–90 credits; MSc pathway: 60–70 credits):
Students must take 80–90 credits (MA pathway) or 60–70 credits (MSc pathway) of optional modules. For both MA and MSc pathways, at least 40 credits must be from the “list of prescribed optional modules” given below, and the other credits may come from the “other optional modules” list.


List of Prescribed Optional Modules Specific to this Programme:

  • 7SSG5051 Social Change in Global Cities (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5064 Urban Studies Internship (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5100 Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Livelihoods and Patterns of Growth (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5115 Gentrification and Urban Regeneration (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5152 Health, Lifestyles and Cities (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5179 Understanding the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5180 Governing the Sustainable City (20 credits)
  • 7SSG5209 The Right to the City (20 credits)


Other Optional Modules Available to Students on this Programme:

  • Any Level 7 (Masters) modules offered in the Geography Department, including from the list of prescribed optional modules given above.
  • 7AAEM604 Representing the 18th Century (40 credits) [English Department]
  • 7AAEM605 The 20th Century City: from Modernity to Post-Modernity (40 credits) [English Department]
  • 7AAQS535 Cinema and City (20 credits) [Film Studies Department]
  • 7AAYCC06 Culture and Commerce (20 credits) [Centre for Cultural, Media and Creative Industries]
  • Up to 20 credits of Level 7 modules from any KCL Departments or Institutes outside of Geography.

Please note that the above programme structure is subject to formal approval.


FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Specialist taught modules assessed by essay, presentation, lab work and occasionally by examination. The three-month dissertation is compulsory and can be taken overseas or in the UK.

MODULES
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7SSG5061
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module is organised around three main themes that have been central to the way that thinkers have conceptualised the city: shape, circulation and crowds. Shape refers to the physical form and layout of the city which together comprise its legibility; circulation refers to the importance of movement, networks and transactional spaces in the city; and the crowd refers to the significance of anonymity and numbers of people in cities. Each of these themes is explored in the context of different theoretical approaches that have been important in the history of urban thought.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5002
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module enables students to derive a greater understanding of the relationship between methodology and method and the related notions of epistemology and ontology. The module is a mix of lectures and tutorials and enables students to develop skills in the appropriate use and application of quantitative and qualitative methods, which will have been worked through in tutorial sessions. The module lays the conceptual groundwork for the design of the dissertation and enables students to appreciate the connections between epistemology and the students particular programme of study.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5051
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module explores the nature, forms and processes of social change in global cities. It examines the socio-economic changes which are reshaping global cities, linking these to a series of other changes including migration, occupational structure, income, ethnicity, the structure of the housing market and social segregation.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.

Module code: 7AAQS535
Credit level: 7

This module will examine the relationship between cinema, the most important cultural form, and the city, the most important form of social organization, in the twentieth century and beyond. The course will be inter-disciplinary in its approach, giving attention to the cinema-city relationship not only from the point of view of film studies but through architecture, urban studies, geography, and critical theory.
Module code: 7SSG5152
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This modules examines the theoretical debates concerning the study of health within geography and the inter-relationships between health and the built form of cities. It critically assesses current public health policies and the practices involved in governing unhealthy lifestyles. It evaluates how spatial and social differences between and within cities condition the problematisation of lifestyles. This module enables students to acquire an understanding of the incorporation of health within the remit of an increasing array of governmental and non-governmental actors.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: SG5115
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

The module reviews the experience of urban regeneration in the context of post second world war urban policy and developments. This is done mainly from a British perspective but North American and European examples are drawn up and it is hoped that Professor Bob Beauregard who is a leading North American urban scholar and a visiting professor will lead one session. The first part of the module discusses the experience of urban decline and resurgence over the last half century. In the second half we look at a number of specific issues including the conflict between the concepts regeneration and gentrification, the role of culture and in particular focus on the regeneration of East London and the role of the Olympic Games. In the final week, there is an East London fieldtrip which includes a visit to the Olympic site (subject to continuing access being granted).

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5064
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Full-year 

This practical module will provide masters students with hands on experience working with selected urban research organisations (e.g. national and local government departments, museums, urban think tanks) involved in urban-based research, policy formulation and implementation in a major city (normally expected to be London). The module will enable students to ground theoretical and conceptual issues relating to urban research in a practical setting.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
Module code: 7SSG5100
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 20
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 

This module enables students to evaluate the way in which globalization (in the form mainly of structural adjustment programmes) has influenced African cities and contemporary livelihoods and economic strategies (employment, incomes, food and shelter) for the majority of Africa's urban population, the urban poor. Assessing urban growth patterns in this region and its periodization and the changing nature of rural-urban migration and linkages over time. The constraints on planning and servicing imposed by extreme resource constraints and the privatization encouraged by structural adjustment are evaluated. The module also explores the specificities of the urban experience in southern African countries with their legacies of institutionalised and racially-based influx control.

Note that the list of Geography modules offered, as well as the term(s) in which they are offered, may still change from the above.
KEY FACTS
Programme leader/s
Dr Nicholas De Genova (nicholas.degenova@kcl.ac.uk)
Awarding institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Duration
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Location
Strand Campus.
Student destinations
Students on this programme have gone on to: undertake further postgraduate study as research students; work as research analysts for international consultancies; occupy senior management positions.
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
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