SOC142 Urban Sociology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2012
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Dr. Aleš Burjanek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Ing. Radim Marada, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 12:00–13:30 U35
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 35 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/35, only registered: 0/35, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/35
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of course “urban sociology” students will be able to explicate selected problems connected with urban topics by using relevant sociological concepts and theories. That means, students will know how to characterize the urbanization and its particular processes; they will understand the logic of definitions and classifications of “urban” and they will also be able to explain main features of global (or world) cities. They will gain an analytic insight into internal structure of the city. They will manage the principles of usage the instruments needed for capturing and interpretation of internal structure of the city based on census data. They will understand the sense of community studies and they will be capable to interpret main features of urban neighborhoods. They will gain ability to interpret the ideas of the “new (critical) urban sociology”. Last but not least, students will clear the instruments needed for an analysis of excluded urban neighborhoods.
  • (1) Basic topics and approaches in urban sociology;
  • (2) Urbanization;
  • (3) Definitions and classifications of cities;
  • (4) Internal structure of the city (a) Classic theory of land use; Typology of urban neighborhoods;
  • (5) Internal structure of the city (b) Residential segregation; gentrification;
  • (6) Internal structure of the city (c) How to measure urban internal structure by means of factor and cluster analysis;
  • (7) Community studies;
  • (8) Neighborhoods;
  • (9) New urban sociology;
  • (10) Socially excluded urban localities.
  • Fischer, C. 1984. The Urban Experience. San Diego, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publ.
  • Robson, B. 1989. Those Inner Cities. Oxford, Clarendon Press.
  • Castells, M. 1993. „European cities, the informational society, and the global economy.“ In: Deben, L., Heinemeijer, W., van der Vart, D.: (eds): Understanding Amsterdam. Amsterdam, Het Spinhuis.
  • Burjanek, A. 2005 „Co je residenční segregace“. In: Sýkora, L. (ed.) Segregace, formy, příčiny, důsledky, řešení. Sborník. (On-line)
  • Wacquant, L. 1997 „Three Pernicious Premises in the Sudy of the American Ghetto“ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 21(2): 341-353.
  • GOTTDIENER, Mark and Ray HUTCHISON. The new urban sociology. 3rd ed. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2006. xvii, 409. ISBN 0813343186. info
  • Changing cities : rethinking urban competitiveness, cohesion and governance. Edited by N. H. Buck. 1st pub. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005. xv, 317. ISBN 1403906807. info
  • HORSKÁ, Pavla, Jiří MUSIL and Eduard MAUR. Zrod velkoměsta : urbanizace českých zemí a Evropa. Vyd. 1. Praha: Paseka, 2002. 352 s. ISBN 8071854093. info
  • Globalizing cities :a new spatial order? Edited by Peter Marcuse - Ronald van Kempen. 1st pub. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. xviii, 318. ISBN 0-631-21290-6. info
  • GIDDENS, Anthony. Sociology [Giddens, 1993]. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993. ISBN 0-7456-1114-1. info
  • SCHWAB, William A. The sociology of cities. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1992. xiv, 514 s. ISBN 0-13-817610-8. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discusion, reading and homeworks
Assessment methods
Students (selectively) elaborate papers based on the selected literature.
Exam: written test. The test usually consists of 25 questions. For completion of a course is necessary to gain at least 60 % from maximal score points.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016.
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