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Bachelor 2023/2024

(Mega) cities of Asia

Type: Compulsory course (Asian and African Studies)
Area of studies: Asian and African Studies
When: 4 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Pavel Em
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5
Contact hours: 52

Course Syllabus


The 20th century was the most intensive period of urban development in human history. Cities, which served as the main platform for socio-economic, political and cultural development, arose in Asia. However, despite all the glitz and glamor of contemporary Asian megacities, they have faced a complex set of crucial problems. This course will introduce students to the basic theoretical concepts of urban studies, as well as examine the practical implications for the region of their specialization.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 1. to learn the main theories and models in urban planning;
  • 2. to realize the relationships among theoretical frameworks and their practical implications in the context of Asian cities;
  • 3. to study Asia as a whole and specific Asian countries by discussing the distinctive urban features of the region;
  • 4. to train presentation skills.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • correctly use the terms of urban studies;
  • understand the basics of urban planning models;
  • discuss the urban issues of contemporary Asia;
  • realize the role of cities in the development of Asia.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Power of the City
  • Urban Planning: a Brief History
  • City of Production
  • City After Industrialization
  • Nature and the City
  • Inequalities in the City
  • Urban Economy
  • Cities under Stress: Urban Vulnerability
  • City as a Cultural Place
  • City as Art
  • Asian Architecture
  • Digital City
  • Urban future
  • How to study cities?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final project
    Students will be divided into groups. Each group has to present the project during last two seminars
  • non-blocking Participation in seminars
    All the students are required to actively participate in discussion during each seminar. The seminars' program will be given to students in advance
  • non-blocking Practical works
    All the students have to finish two practical works and submit the reports to the Lecturer
  • non-blocking Intermediate project
    Students will be divided into groups. Each group has to present the project during last seminar of the first module
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.3 * Final project + 0.2 * Intermediate project + 0.3 * Participation in seminars + 0.2 * Practical works


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Imbroscio, D. L., & Davies, J. S. (2010). Critical Urban Studies : New Directions. Albany: State University of New York Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=343793
  • Jonas, AEG, McCann, E, & Thomas, M 2015, Urban Geography : A Critical Introduction, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, Chicester. Available from: ProQuest Ebook Central. [24 October 2019].
  • Key concepts in urban studies, Gottdiener, M., 2016
  • Parker, S. (2015). Urban Theory and the Urban Experience : Encountering the City (Vol. Second edition). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=978361
  • Progress in urban geography, , 2013
  • The SAGE handbook of new urban studies, , 2017
  • Urban studies, , 2009

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • City and society : an outline for urban geography, Johnston, R. J., 2013
  • Handbook of urban studies, , 2001
  • Hannigan, J. A., & Richards, G. (2017). The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies (Vol. 1st). Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1641811
  • География городов : учеб. пособие для вузов, Лаппо, Г. М., 1997
  • Геоурбанистика : учебник для академического бакалавриата, Перцик, Е. Н., 2017