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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
Course unit
URBAN POLITICAL ECOLOGY
SUP4065195, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
IA2384, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination URBAN POLITICAL ECOLOGY
Website of the academic structure http://www.dissgea.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch Univ. of Leuven
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CHRISTIAN MARIE CYRIEL EDGAR KESTELOOT

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/10 Sociology of the Environment and Territory 3.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Course unit contents: 10 lectures and seminars:
1) 2 introductory lectures (2x2hrs) which include:
-a definition of urban political ecology
-a historical overview of the various theoretical perspectives
-Piers Blaikie and the origins of political ecology
-Neill Smith, David Harvey, Erik Swyngedouw: urban metabolism and uneven development:
a Marxist perspective on nature and the urban environment
-urban environmental justice studies: from waste dumps to food deserts
-Sarah Whatmore, Jonathan Murdoch: ANT and the nature-society binary
-Mike Davis, Henrik Ernston, Mary Lawhon: Taking UPE to the South
-Frank Moulaert, Constanza Parra: socio-ecological system governance and social innovation
- introduction to the assignments
2) 8 assignment-based discussion seminars applying a body of theory to specific problems/themes (2,5 hrs each):
a) urban metabolism (suggested themes: water, energy, food, waste, air,…) (2 sessions)
b) cyborg cities (suggested themes: infectious diseases, alcohol, urbanized nature, air quality, infrastructure networks,…) (2 sessions)
c) socio-ecological system governance (suggested themes: socionatural city-regions/ socionatural disasters/urban
environmental politics,…) (2 sessions)
d) urban environmental justice (suggested themes: water, energy, food, waste, air, socionatural disaster,…) (2 sessions)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)