H211 Cities in History
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 2
London, Paris, New York, and Chicago used to attract the attention of urban and social historians. Nowadays, the centre of urbanisation is shifted to Asia and the Global South, where the fast-growing mega cities are shaping the future of inter-connected global landscape of urbanisation, defined as planetary urbanisation. This new reality challenges the conventional debates in urban history and places cities of Asia and the Global South in the limelight of academic urban debates. Although this course is not focused on particular geographical regions or historical periods, it addresses those thematic topics that are more relevant to studying the past, present and future of cities in Asia and the Global South during last two centuries.
- Students enrol via the on-line Module Sign-up system. Students are advised of the timing of this process via email by the Dept. administrator
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the course, students will:
LO1: Distinguish what makes a historical research question in the field of urban studies, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches in urban history.
LO2: Formulate and refine their research question through the identification of, engagement with, and critique of existing urban historiography.
LO 3: Understand the possibilities and limits of various kinds of sources and information that are often used in urban historical studies.
LO4. Integrate materials and information from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary, in order to pursue an urban history study based on an interdisciplinary awareness.
LO5. Present the findings of the research in a way that demonstrates a capacity to think conceptually about historical dynamics of cities, while developing competency as a historian.
Scope and syllabus
- Introduction: The origins of cities and key concepts in urbanisation
- What is urban history?
- On methodologies: From methods to methodologies, from censuses to maps
- Dynamics of social makeup and urban margins
- Religions and the city: A new perspective
- The city as market: Dynamics of urban Economy
- Technological innovations and development of urbanisation
- City and Power: Capital cities and formation of new nation-states
- History of urban design and urban modernisation
- Representations of cities as part of urban history
Method of assessment
Written exam worth 50%, Research proposal for AS2, incorporating a literature discussion and preliminary bibliography of 500 words worth 10%, Short research paper of 2,500 words worth 40%