SOCn5012 Sociology of urban public space

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Pospěch, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology – Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! SOC584 Sociology of public space
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 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course offers an introduction into the problematic of urban public space and approaches to it in sociology and related sciences. The first bloc will focus on the problem of public space and its varying analytic use. In the second bloc, the sociology and phenomenology of public space will be discussed. In the third bloc, the current developments in public space will be critically discussed with a focus on the processes of privatization, securitization and new public spaces.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to - understand the various approaches towards the study of PS - identify the main conflicts in and around the topic - design their own empirical research on the topic - critically discuss current transformations of PS
  • 1. Introduction 2. No class 3. Public space and public place; urbanism and architecture 4. The world of strangers 5. The interaction order and the rules of conduct 6. Public spaces of men and private spaces of women? 7. Reading week 8. Rules, territories, transgressions 9. Decline of public space 10. The politics of exclusion 11. Holidays 12. Holidays 13. Pseudo-public and "new" public spaces.
  • Literatura je uvedena v rozpisu kurzu
Teaching methods
lecture, seminar.
Assessment methods
(a) active participation (b) essay (c) final project (d) participation in final colloqium
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Určeno jen studentům magisterských studijních programů
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2024.
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