Social Geography

Module Leader: Thomas Maloutas, Professor.


Module Objectives
The course aims at familiarizing students with social, political and cultural developments in metropolitan areas during the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, an era marked by deindustrialization and economic restructuring in the world’s economically developed regions. Emphasis is given both to the description of processes and outcomes and to explanations and debates they have instigated. The forms of urbanization, both in terms of expansion and renovation, combined with changes in cities’ social and demographic structures and the changing patterns of social and ethnoracial segregation constitute central topics for this course. A special part of the course is devoted to developments regarding Greek cities.


Course Contents:
Titles of lectures (indicative):

  1. The socio-spatial dialectic
  2. The changing economic environment of urban development
  3. The cultures of cities
  4. Space and institutions: citizens, the state and civil society
  5. The production of urban space and the social production of urban environment
  6. Urban segregation
  7. Residential mobility and local change
  8. Urban environment and behaviour in cities
  9. Urbanization in Greece-1
  10. Urbanization in Greece -2
  11. Social and demographic structures in Greek cities
  12. Patterns of urban segregation in Greece


Teaching and assessment:
The course comprises

(a) lectures by the assigned prof and, occasionally, by invited lecturers

(b) the production and two-stage correction of individual or group essays focusing at specific topics and aiming at enabling students to produce texts respecting guidelines in terms of structure, references and bibliography.

Calculation of final grade:

1. Students must obtain at least 5 (five) in both the written examination and the essay in order to complete the course successfully.

2. The final grade is mainly based on the written examination grade.