Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2097: Politics and the Urban in Transition

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Delacey Tedesco (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Both popular and academic narratives emphasize that the global growth of cities raises significant questions about the ongoing stability of modern accounts of politics. These narratives suggest that if you want to understand and engage in world politics today, you need to understand and engage with the global urban transition. In this module, we will first recall the relationship between politics and the city, emphasizing the dominant account of the modern political system (citizens, states, and the international) and the presumed political position of cities within this system. Secondly, we will engage key theoretical debates on the nature of the urban transition and its implications for definitions of contemporary world politics. Finally, we will apply these approaches to case studies of places in transition and analyze the spaces, practices and experiences of politics that emerge.


No prior knowledge skills or experiences are required to take this module, and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. This module is suitable for students studying Politics, International Relations or Geography.

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