Urbanity, Urbanisation and Globalisation – Cultural and Social Perspectives


The Language of Instruction is English

Admission requirements

A minimum of 60 credits in social sciences or humanities + English B from Swedish upper secondary school.


Syllabus for students autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
ES151L revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Urbanitet, urbanisering, och globalisering – kulturella och sociala perspektiv
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
28 February 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
18 March 2015

Entry requirements

A minimum of 60 credits in social sciences or humanities + English B from Swedish upper secondary school.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.


The aim of the course is to study processes of urbanisation and globalisation, and their mutual connection in border regions, European and global contexts. Another aim is to contribute knowledge, problem formulations and ideas to the course ES152 'Project development and project management', which runs in parallel.


The main goal in this course is to bring understanding about urbanity, and its importance for a modern Europe with global linkage and networks. Based on a theoretical framework, the students will study central questions in this field of knowledge related to urban culture, politics and economy, and their development over time.
The course begins with an introduction to important concepts relating to urbanisation, globalisation and culture, and also refers back to previously-studied concepts on urban culture and economy.
Alongside lectures and seminars, students conduct a minor field study in different parts of Malmö and Copenhagen, where themes and theoretical concepts are applied.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, the student should:
1. Show understanding of the complexity of urbanity;
2. Understand this complexity in terms of place, economy, social relations, culture and politics;
3. Understand the role of urbanity in European societies at large, and in relation to historical and global discourses;
4. Show knowledge about theories related to urbanity;
5. Understand how fiction can be used to illustrate specific themes and structures concerning questions on urbanity;
6. Show ability to make assessments within the field of study, with scientific, societal and ethical aspects taken into consideration;
7. Have gained a critical and analytical approach to sources and different kinds of information;
8. Be able to plan and conduct field studies, and use this to deepen their own knowledge and understanding of urban processes and problems;
9. Show insight in the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and our responsibility for its use;
10. Show ability to assess the need for further knowledge, and take responsibility for the own development of competence within this subject

Learning activities

Group assignments
Individual studies


Seminar presentations
Written Home exam

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Aldukaite, J, Poverty, urbanity and social policy: Central and Eastern Europe compared, Nova Science Publishers 2009 (Selected chapters)
  • Beauregard,R.A.,and Sophie Body-Gendrot, eds, The urban moment: cosmopolitan essays on the late-20th-century city, 1999 (Selected chapters)
  • Bourdieu, P, Rules of Art, London & New York 1999.
  • Charlesworth, E.R., Cityedge: case studies in contemporary urbanism, Architectural Press, 2005. (Selected chapters)
  • Glaeser, Edward, Triumph of the City, Macmillan, 2011.
  • Madsen, P., and Richard Plunz, eds, The urban lifeworld, Routledge, 2002. (Selected chapters)
  • Mumford, L, The city in history: its origins, its transformations, and its prospects, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1989.
  • Place / Culture / Representation, ed. Duncan, James and David Ley, Routledge, London & New York 1993/1997.
  • Simmel, G., "Cities and Spiritual Life" (electronic resource).
  • Therborn, G, Cities of Power, Verso, 2017
  • Tönnies, F, Community and Civil Society (electronic resource). (Selected chapters)
  • Zijderveld, A.C., Theory of urbanity: the economic and civic culture of cities, Transaction Publishers, 1998.
Selection of novels, films,poetry and song lyrics.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Cecilia Hansson, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657165


08 November 2021 - 16 January 2022 Day-time 50% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.

07 November 2022 - 15 January 2023 Day-time 50% Malmö

06 November 2023 - 14 January 2024 Day-time 50% Malmö

09 November 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK