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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Urban Social Geography: Key Theoretical Approaches - MZ340P731
Title: Urban Social Geography: Key Theoretical Approaches
Guaranteed by: Department of Social Geography and Regional Develop. (31-340)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 7
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): RNDr. Ivana Křížková, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D.
RNDr. Lucie Pospíšilová, Ph.D.
RNDr. Martin Šimon, Ph.D.
RNDr. Petra Špačková, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : MZ340P73
Last update: doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D. (13.01.2020)
The course is focused on the variability of research perspectives in urban studies. The key theoretical approaches are selected in the context of the specific development of Central and Eastern European (CEE) urban system and the internal structures of cities within the region. The course offers profound knowledge of spatial patterns, urban processes and developments through the lens of theoretical and methodological concepts from the traditional urban sociology, Chicago school, Marxist and humanistic approaches, time-space geography and social environment theory. The course consists of eleven lectures combined with exercises and two discussion seminars. The main emphasis is on reading, classroom discussion and written assignments of the varying explanatory power of different theoretical concepts and their usefulness for CEE urban studies.

Readings and detailed information on the course are available in Moodle:
Last update: doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D. (13.01.2020)

KAPLAN, D., WHEELER, J., HOLLOWAY, S. (2003): Urban Geography. New York: Wiley Publishers.
KNOX, P., PINCH, S. (2006): Urban Social Geography: An Introduction. New York: Prentice Hall.
LEY, D. (1983): A Social Geography of the City. New York: Harper and Row.
OUŘEDNÍČEK, M., TEMELOVÁ, J., POSPÍŠILOVÁ, L. eds. (2011): Atlas of Socio-spatial Differentiation of the Czech Republic. Prague: Karolinum.
PACIONE, M. (2005): Urban Geography: A Global Perspective. Routledge.
PADDISON, R. ed. (2001): Handbook of Urban Studies. Sage. London.
PHILLIPS, E.B. (1996): City Lights: Urban-Suburban Life in the Global Society. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
SAVAGE, A., WARDE, M. (1993): Urban sociology, capitalism and modernity. London: Macmillan Press Ltd.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D. (13.01.2020)

Basic level:

Total score in tests I and II > 50 %

Attendance of at least 7 lectures, including compulsory attendance of discussion seminars

Timely submission of at least 6 pre-class assignments (submitted via Moodle, annotation of required reading + answers to all questions suggested in Moodle)


Same conditions as for basic level plus:

Activity and discussion of required readings in class

Exam - written essay

Last update: doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D. (13.01.2020)





Introduction to course

Ivana Křížková

How to study urban geography

Martin Ouředníček


Classical urban theories

distance lecture (home study)


Theories of urbanisation

Martin Ouředníček


Chicago school of urban sociology

Martin Ouředníček


Radical political economy, institutional approach

distance lecture


Test I

Ivana Křížková

Theory of structuration and social environment

Martin Ouředníček


Humanistic approach

Lucie Pospíšilová


Postmodern urban geography

Martin Šimon


Urban planning

Petra Špačková


Postsocialist approach in urban studies

Martin Ouředníček


Time geography in urban research

Lucie Pospíšilová


Christmas quiz

Lucie Pospíšilová, Petra Špačková

Monday(!) 13.1.

Test II

Ivana Křížková

Discussion seminar

Martin Ouředníček, Lucie Pospíšilová, Petra Špačková, Martin Šimon

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