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London’s Cityscape and London Life (King's Alumni)

Key information

Subject area:

Pre-University & Undergraduate Summer Programmes

Course type:


Credit level:



3 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 01 July 2024 To: 12 July 2024
Application deadline: 10 May 2024

Course overview

London's Cityscape invites alumni to (re)connect with London and King’s through a sense of place. There's a deep yearning amongst people to 'get back out there' after international lockdowns and this course enables that in a way that also draws on the deep reflection that society feels about the change in exposure to city life during covid.

Personal memories of the city and of King's will be interwoven with active exploration of the dynamic changes that have happened in the city and that look to the future. From King's campuses and beyond, the city will reveal itself as fascinating organism that is familiar and yet at the same time excitingly new.​

This 3-week course is open to King's Alumni and current undergraduates within King's and a wider international community.


What does this course cover?

London is in partnership with its citizens, ever changing to reflect their evolving needs and desires. The bowler hats may be long gone but the city still fascinates; maybe more so now than ever. This unique course walks you through the cityscape at street level and gives participants a deep understanding of how, now and over the last 2,000 years, this global city has always been adapting to the needs of its citizens and how London’s citizens shape the city.

The group will visit strikingly different areas of London to intellectually, emotionally and physically experience one of the world's greatest cities at work - making and remaking itself. We will explore urban futures and visions for how London will change to accommodate changing populations and climate needs. How do Londoners live in the city today? How does creativity, finance and migration shape the city? How are different needs contested? What does it mean to be at home in London? London invites participants of this course to come and find out first-hand.


What will I achieve?

Upon completion of the module students will have:

  • Experienced London as a Londoner

  • Understood the role of architecture and urban planning in a large city

  • Explored key concepts in urban studies and citizenship studies;

  • Understood what drives change in a city and how it is experienced;

  • Discussed aesthetics, planning and access to the city and compare London with other world cities

  • Explored walking and photography as methods of inquiry.

Who is this for?

This course is for alumni of all academic backgrounds and ages interested in ever changing London. The course will involve physical activity in the form of walks around parts of London.

How will I be assessed?

  • Presentation: 20%
  • Reflective journal: 80%

What is the teaching schedule?

London’s Cityscape and London Life comprise 150 study hours over three weeks, which includes a minimum of 45 hours contact hours, as well as independent study, team project work and assessment preparation.

Teaching takes place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday in one of our central London campuses. Students will receive their module timetable before they arriving on campus in June 2022.

Course status:


Full fee £1958

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