Barnett, C. (Clive) ; Clark, N. (Nigel) (2016-03)
This free course explores the ways in which urbanisation processes help to generate issues of public concern. It elaborates a theoretical framework of critical spatial thinking that can be used to analyse the complex ‘agency’ of urban processes in generating, identifying and resolving the myriad issues associated with contemporary urbanisation. This framework draws on traditions of urban thought and spatial theory in disciplines such as geography and anthropology, development studies, planning, political science and sociology. After studying this course, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories and styles of critical spatial thinking and decision making as they relate to the challenge of transforming urban areas, apply a range of critical spatial and social theories to the analysis of specific issues, and track the way that issues and challenges facing specific places emerge and manifest themselves negotiate between a global level of analysis and the issues that are manifest in specific places.
The Open University (OUUK)