Introduction to Urban Sociology by Dr. Binti Singh

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About Course

This course introduces the discipline of urban sociology and its relationship to understanding the built environment.

What Will You Learn?

  • This course familiarizes students with the origin of urban sociology in Western Europe (Max Weber, Durkheim, Marx and Engels and Georg Simmel), and later North America namely the Chicago school. It went parallel with grappling with the challenges of the new society borne out of the conditions of industrial capitalism (post the 1800s) and its pathologies. Thus, the course provides a comprehensive understanding of the conditions under which our present-day understanding of urban sociology emerged.

Course Content

Lecture 1 on Urban Sociology
This lecture covers the foundation of urban sociology, reflection on classical thinkers, contemporary thinkers, and reflects on the meaning of 'urban' in the context of India.

  • Video Lecture

Lecture 2 on Urban Sociology
This lecture focuses on urbanization in India and unpacks different interpretations and meanings of what the word 'urban' means in contemporary Indian context.

Lecture 3 on Urban Sociology
This lecture introduces certain key concepts and theories that help understand different discourses within the discipline of urban sociology.

Lecture 4 on Urban Sociology
This lecture decodes imaginations in policy, governance, and planning regarding the city of the future.

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