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Master 2019/2020

Urban History in Transnational Perspective

Area of studies: History
Delivered by: Department of History
When: 2 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Master’s programme: Applied and Interdisciplinary History "Usable Pasts"
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

As Charles Tilly put it, the city is a "privileged site for study of the interaction between large social processes and routines of local life". The aim of this course is to introduce interdisciplinary trends of urban studies and focus on the functioning of these processes through historical perspective. Special attention will be given to research studies focusing on urbanization in the context of social, ecological and technological history, and history of science. This is a graduate course that introduces urban history through major works in the field and examines the major topics of urban history from a transnational perspective. Moving from the early modern period to the late 20th century, this course will focus on the analytic trends, major questions and issues shaping urban history. Themes will include: economic aspects of urbanization, urban migration and mobility, the city as an artefact of technology and environment, cities as the loci of various practices and places for production of identities. This class is reading and discussion-intensive and consists of lectures and seminars.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of this course is to introduce interdisciplinary trends of urban studies and focus on the functioning of these processes through historical perspective.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The student would be able to reflex (evaluate and rework) the learned scientific and activity methods, to create new theories, invent new ways and tools of professional activity.
  • The student would masters new research methods independently, changes the scientific and production profile of his/her activities and be able to improve and develop his/her intellectual and cultural level, to build a trajectory of professional development and career.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: course objectives, assignments.
    What is urban history? Urban History as interdisciplinary field or research
  • What is urban history? Urban History as interdisciplinary field or research.
  • Growth and development of cities in the modern era: migration and urban change
  • Emergence of calculable urban space and governmentality
  • The emergence of a ‘modern city’: new principles of planning, urban living and governance
  • Cities and environment. Resources of the city. Urban metabolism as historical phenomenon
  • Historicizing sustainable urban mobility: transnational perspective
  • Industrial towns: past and present
  • Cities and markets. Commerce and urbanization
  • Cities and ports. Urban aspects of the coastal experience
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Семинарская работа+ модерирование дискуссии
  • non-blocking эссе
  • non-blocking Презентация результатов работы
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Презентация результатов работы + 0.4 * Семинарская работа+ модерирование дискуссии + 0.4 * эссе
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Gulliver, K., & Tóth, H. (2014). Cityscapes in History : Creating the Urban Experience. Farnham: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=656697
  • Hall, P. (2014). Cities of Tomorrow : An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880 (Vol. Fourth edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=761791

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Tilly, C. (2010). Cities, states, and trust networks: chapter 1 of Cities and States in World History. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D767F608