Discovering Cities 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
The module will begin with Theoretical Approaches to the Urban Space. Following on from this, it will move on to an investigation of specific cities, covering topics such as: Barcelona as a symbol of modernity and cultural identity focusing on the expansion of the city in the early twentieth century powered by economic and demographic growth and the consolidation of the bourgeoisie; Paris as cultural icon and touristic capital, on the one hand, and as a city built upon processes of exclusion, peripheral identities and creativity at the margins, on the other; and Berlin as the contested capital of Germany (focusing on architectural re-imagining of a Germany Re-united) on the one hand; and Berlin as a metropole of modernity in literature and film.
-threshold -D- - D+: In order to merit the award of credit, student should demonstrate a basic comprehension of the material presented, and demonstrate that they can clearly differentiate between the various portions of that material. -good -C- - B+: Students attaining the higher grades in this course will have shown not only comprehension of the concepts and case studies studied in their own right, but will also demonstrate a clear ability to contextualise them, grasping the historical context of each case study. They will show an ability to explore and re-evaluate critical judgements in the light of their own reading. -excellent -A- - A*: Students attaining the highest grades in this course will have thoroughly immersed themselves in primary and secondary reading, with which they will engage at a mature and incisive level. They will produce insightful, nuanced analysis. They will have demonstrated a very high level of engagement with the conceptual as well as factual aspects of the material studied.