|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||20 Hours. 10 x 2 hrs|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours unseen examination paper consisting of two sections (section 1: short answer questions; section 2: extended essay). Answer three questions from first section (out of six) and one question from second section (out of three)||50%|
|Semester Assessment||A coursework essay of 2,500 words. Standard IGES policy on the late submission of work will apply to the coursework essay. All elements of the assessment must be completed to obtain a pass mark based on the weighted aggregate performance.||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Group presentation||10%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Group presentation mark to be carried forward||10%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Describe and evaluate key theories of nature and political ecology.
- Display a clear and precise knowledge of key urban theorists and their work.
- Describe and evaluate the historical co-evolution of metropolitan society and second nature.
- Use a range of web based resources with specific relevance to issues of urban development and nature.
- Critically read and analyze accounts of urban social and ecological problems presented in the contemporary media.
- Engage in written debates and discussions relating to issues of urban geography and nature.
The aims of this module are threefold: 1) to provide students with a detailed knowledge of different theoretical and empirical readings of nature; 2) to introduce students to a range of contemporary theories of metropolitan society and urban development; and 3) to explore the relationship between nature and the city as it has been expressed within the diverse fields of planning, architecture, risk management and environmental protest. By focusing analysis on a series of key urban case studies this module provides students with readily accessible examples through which they can explore the varied ways in which the urban and the natural combine. Ultimately this module will offer students an account of how changing social understandings and utilizations of nature are tied into the multifarious processes of urbanization, and how in turn changing patterns of metropolitan development and urban reform have been influenced by social attitudes towards the natural world.
- Welcome to the Metropocene: Darwin, Crutzen and the Urban Century.
- The case of Chicago: Cronon and Nature's Metropolis
- Desert Urbanism and Dead Cities: from Mesa to Las Vegas.
- Hydrological Politics and the City.
- Food and Urban Metabolism.
- Urban energy: transition urbanism, peak oil and climate change.
- Edge Ecologies: Suburbs and Green Belts in Toronto and Birmingham.
- Ecologies of Fear and Risk: from Los Angeles to New Orleans.
- Race, Class and the new politics of urban nature.
- Revising Nature and the Metropolis.
Reading ListRecommended Text
Heynen, N., Kaika, M. and Swyngedouw, E. (eds) (2006) In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism London, Routledge Primo search Kaika, M (2005) City of Flows: Modernity Nature and the City Routledge, London Primo search Consult For Futher Information
Braun, B. and Castree N. (eds) (1999) Remaking Reality: Nature at the Millenium London: Routledge Primo search Cronon, W (1991) Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West London: W.W. Norton Primo search Davis, M (1999) Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster London: Picador Primo search Harvey, D (1996) Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Harvey, D (2000) Spaces of Hope Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Primo search Pepper, D (1993) Eco-socialism: from deep ecology to social justice London: Routledge Primo search Smith, N (1984) Uneven development: nature, capital and the production of Space Oxford: Basil Blackwell Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6