City, Space and Politics

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Doel vak

As the main objective of this course, students develop further their
skills of framing a research question theoretically, including making a
well-informed assessment of the potentials and limitations of assorted
theoretical concepts applied to topical issues.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the most important theories and concepts in the field of the
anthropology of cities, space and politics.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) integrate theoretical concepts of this course into their respective
research plans in the making (simultaneously written in the course Field
Research Design).

Making judgments. The student is able to demonstrate:
(3) a critical and curious attitude, that is, an eagerness to question
both accepted, scientific explanations and prevalent assumptions about
phenomena that by some actors have been defined as ‘societal problems’.

Communication. The student is able to:
(4) compose a clear and creative, theoretically grounded, oral or
written argument.

Learning skills. The student has acquired the skills to:
(5) cooperate in small teams when they take responsibility for giving a
full lecture.

Inhoud vak

Starting from Henri Lefebvre’s fundamental insight that urban space (or
any space for that matter) is not a given, but a social product, we see
a whole series of questions opening up: who is in control of a certain
space, by what means, for what purpose, who is contesting or resisting
the current use of urban space, what do these spaces mean to people,
etcetera? The questions evolving around the key issue how urban space is
socially produced, is very important, because urban space subsequently
has an enormous impact on people’s behaviour, offering chances and
forcing constraints upon them. When we study urban space from a mobility
perspective, topics that are particularly pertinent are, among others:
flânerie and automobility, movement in and out of public spaces, making
borders and boundaries, forcing people out of dwellings while others
fence themselves in in gated communities, social mobility, and creative


Lectures and tutorials.


Three written assignments (25% each) and final presentation (25%)


To be announced in the course manual (see Canvas).


Elective course for students in the Master Social and Cultural
Anthropology; Elective course for students in the Master, Culture,
Organization and Management.

This course is also open as an elective course for students in the
Master Educatie in de mens- en maatschappijwetenschappen and the
Educatieve masteropleiding Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in de

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_CSAP
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. Y. Saramifar
Examinator dr. Y. Saramifar
Docenten dr. Y. Saramifar

Praktische informatie

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