Diploma in Urban Sociology


Course Description


The aim of this course is to introduce graduate students to a set of core writings in urban sociology. Topics involve community’s changing nature, social inequality, political power, socio-spatial change, technological change, and the relationship between the built environment and human behavior.

Course Objectives

  • to educate students about the nature and changing character of the city and the urban experience – including the larger social, political, and economic dynamics of urban change – so as to provide a more nuanced appreciation of the contemporary, comparative, and historical context in which urban planning skills and sensibilities have been developed and could be applied,
  • 2) To offer a “sociology of knowledge” approach to the field of urban sociology, so as to prepare more advanced students for pursuing an urban sociology concentration in preparation for doctoral exams.


  • Studying the city: approaches; the city and social theory
  • Theoretical perspectives on the city: urbanism; urban ecology; postmodernism; comparative urbanism; Southeast Asian context
  • Urban political economy, consumption, and socio-spatial analysis
  • Urban diversity and global cities: globalization and diversity; gendered spaces
  • Social Inequality and Urban Problems: housing and education; the shadow economy in Southeast Asian cities; urban social movements
  • Planning the urban environment: planning; urban utopia; the entrepreneurial city

Training Format:

  • All materials are made available through our Online Learning Platform
  • Students should commit approximately 5-6 hours of their time per week

Materials Provided:

Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of every month.




ORGANIZERS: Capacity Africa Institute

LANGUAGE: English only

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Online Training Coordinator

Capacity Africa Institute