City and Modernity


Covers issues relating to the idea of the modern city as a planned environment. The course will trace three distinct phases in the construction of the 'modern city':

  1. The development of a free and humanist city
  2. The enlightenment introduction of 'reason' into the ways people thought about cities
  3. The nineteenth century capitalisation of the city


  • 20 hours of Lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars


  • 2 x 1,500 word essays
  • 1½ hour exam

Key skills

  • Extended essay writing skills
  • Discussion of complex and contradictory data sources
  • Presentation skills