Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3136: Field Trip

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Amin, Ash. 2013. The Urban Condition: A Challenge to Social Science. Public Culture 25 (2): 201-208.

Amin, A. and N. Thrift. 2002. Cities: Reimagining the urban. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Boudreau, Julie-Anne. 2017. Global Urban Politics: Informalization of the State. Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA: Polity Press.

Brenner, N. 2013. Theses on urbanization. Public Culture 25 (1): 85-114.

Closs Stephens, A. 2010. Citizenship without community: Time, design and the city. Citizenship Studies. 14 (1): 31-46.

Coward, M. 2009. Urbicide: The Politics of Urban Destruction. New York: Routledge.

Curtis, Simon. 2016. Global Cities and Global Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Diouf, Mamadou and Rosalind Fredericks, eds. 2015. The Arts of Citizenship in African Cities: Infrastructures and Spaces of Belonging. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Farías, I. and Bender, T., eds. 2010. Urban assemblages: How actor-network theory changes urban research . New York: Routledge.

Jacobs, Jane. 2012. Urban geographies I: Still thinking cities relationally. Progress in Human Geography 36 (3): 412–422

King, AD. 1990. Urbanism, colonialism and the world-economy: cultural and spatial foundations of the world urban system. London: Routledge.

Lefebvre, Henri. 2003 [1970]. The urban revolution, trans. R. Bononno. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Low, N. 1991. Planning, politics and the state. Abingdon: Unwin Hyman Ltd. Part I: Planning practice and political theory pp 11-51.

Magnusson, W. 2011. Politics of urbanism: Seeing like a city. London: Routledge. (selections TBD)

McLean, Heather. 2017. In praise of chaotic research pathways: A feminist response to planetary urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 0(0) 1–9 DOI: 10.1177/0263775817713751

Merrifield, A. 2012. The politics of the encounter and the urbanization of the world. City 16 (3): 269-283.

Peake, Linda. 2016. The Twenty-First Century Quest For Feminism And the Global Urban. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 40 (1): 219–227. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12276

Pratt, G. 2017. One hand clapping: Notes towards a methodology for debating planetary urbanization. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 0(0) 1–7 DOI: 10.1177/0263775817716555

Robinson J. 2002. Global and world cities: A view from off the map. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 26 (3): 531-554

Roy A. 2009. The 21st-century metropolis: New geographies of theory, Regional Studies 43 (6): 819-830. DOI: 10.1080/00343400701809665

Sassen S. 2010. The Global City: Strategic Site, New Frontier. Accumulation by Dispossession: Transformative Cities in the New Global Order ed. Swapna Banerjee-Guha. New Delhi: SAGE Publications India Pvt. Ldt.

Sennett, Richard. 1969. Classic essays on the culture of cities. New York: Appleton Century Crofts.

Wekerle G. 2004. Framing feminist claims for urban citizenship. Mapping Women, Making Politics: Feminist Perspectives on Political Geography ed. LA Staehali, E Kofman, LJ Peake. New York and Oxford: Routledge. 245-259.


Methods Workshops: 

Calvey, D. (2008) The Art and Politics of Covert Research: Doing Situated Ethics in the Field. Sociology, 42, 5, 905-918.


Iphofen, R. (2009) Ethical Decision Making in Social Research.  A practical guide.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mertens, D.M. and Ginsberg, P.E. (Eds) (2008) The Handbook of Social Research Ethics.  London: Sage.

Munro, E. (2008) Research Governance, Ethics and Access: A Case Study Illustrating the New Challenges Facing Social Researchers. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11 (5), 429-439.

Israel, M., and Hay, I. (2006) Research Ethics for Social Scientists. London: Sage.


Van Maanen, J. (1983) The Moral Fix: On the Ethics of Fieldwork, in R. E. Emerson (ed) Contemporary Field Research: A Collection of Readings, Boston: Little, Brown and Company.