The module provides a sustained examination of the idea that the contemporary production of urban space restricts the rights of many urban dwellers to inhabit, develop and otherwise shape the cities in which they live and work. Drawing especially on the work of Henri Lefebvre (alongside other ‘metromarxists’) the module will contrast the way that cities serve the interests of financial powers, developers and property owners with the forms of exclusion, alienation and marginalisation experiences by those who are oppressed by virtue of their class, ethnicity, sexuality, age or gender. Through consideration of different struggles for urban space, the module will pose important questions about how people should make claims to urban space, and explore the political potential of the demand for ‘the right to the city’.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
16 hours lectures, 5 hours seminars in the first term
Module assessment - more information
2 x coursework (50% each)