University of Sussex Business School

Urban Futures (006ID)

Urban Futures

Module 006ID

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Urban issues are an increasingly important area for global development. This module will introduce students to the most pressing issues around urban development, from colonial origins to questions of informality, infrastructures as well as access and rights to the city. The emphasis is on endowing students with a critical awareness of urban development issues, but also tools and methodologies to think about potential responses to questions of urban equality and sustainability. These will be brought together in the assessment in the form of a research project. In addition, the module will have an experiential component with a field trip.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives on global urban development

Critically reflect on the theories of, and assumptions about, urban development, informality, sustainability and rights to the city.

Critically analyse the political, economic and social factors that shape contemporary urban development processes

Independently research and critically evaluate challenges to urban development and potential responses to them in specific case study

Apply knowledge of specific urban challenges through experiential learning methodologies

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT2 Week 10 (15 minutes)100.00%
Essay (4000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0080.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Prof Anke Schwittay

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor

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