POL5503 - Urban Life and Culture

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2015/16

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The course aims to enable students to: (1) develop understanding of relationships between cultures, peoples, urban development and landscapes; (2) demonstrate the evolution and changes of urban landscape, and understand the symbolic meanings of places and its effects on urban living. The course will cover a wide range of typologies of urban landscape, from faraway vernacular settlements and religions space, to the emerging avant-garde art and creative clusters. Major issues of urban morphological transformation will be examined from a variety of perspectives such history, identities, religion and aesthetics, culture/creativity, politics, migration/mobility, and interventions.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Term paper: 60%
Final Examination: 40%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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