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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP1161 Exploring the City: Local and Global Contexts

20 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr Li Sun

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLSP1160Understanding and Researching the City

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will engage students in a sociological exploration of cities and urban spaces and support them to think critically about everyday urban life. Students will be introduced to a range of social issues experienced by different social groups living in cities, and the ways in which global issues are reflected in different local contexts and communities. The module provides an opportunity for students to begin to explore and develop their research skills and interests.


The module will:

Develop understanding of the complex social issues and inequalities characteristic of urban contexts

- Support students to apply sociological concepts and social science approaches to a range of topics relevant to cities and urban life

- Enable students to understand the different stages of the social research process, and to begin to formulate research questions appropriate to small scale investigation

- Develop skills in evaluating different research methodologies and in analysis of key data and information about cities and urban life

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, practical competencies and methodological techniques within Urban Sociology and Social Policy

2. Apply sociological reasoning to theoretical and applied social situations and challenges

3. Effectively design and execute urban sociological research projects

4. Assess the effective application of diverse techniques and approaches involved in collecting qualitative and quantitative societal information

5. Use appropriate tools to analyse and present information


Throughout this module students will be introduced to both the sociology of cities and urbanism. Key topics that will be investigated include informal housing, cosmopolitism, everyday life and urban riots. A particular emphasis will be placed on the city of Leeds and the surrounding urban conurbation which students will use as an example for designing research. Students will be introduced to particular research techniques appropriate for the sociological investigation of city life.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.000.00
Group learning111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours11.00
Private study hours157.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback during tutorial discussions and at tutor’s open-door hours.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 1,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/07/2023


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