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MA Cities and Cultures

Programme Convenor: Alison Blunt, Room 114 , Tel: 020 7882 8437, a.blunt@qmul.ac.uk

Aims and Objectives
This programme explores the growing field of cultural geography with a specific focus on the cultural geographies of cities. Focusing on urban cultures past and present, it is taught mainly by members of the School’s Culture, Space and Power research theme. The programme draws upon the latest developments in cultural geography and urban studies to provide an advanced and critical understanding of how cities are socially produced, imagined, represented and contested. It engages with original texts that have informed thinking about urban spaces and cultures as well as a range of other course materials – including the built environment, art practices, literature, music and film – through which the meanings and politics of spaces in diverse cities can be analysed. Through the core research training in geographical thought and practice, the programme also equips students to undertake their own research in this field.

The programme is made up of 180 credits. Students registering for an MA Cities and Cultures take three specialist modules, Cities, Empire and Modernity (30 credits), Cultural Geography in Practice (30 credits) and Art, Performance and the City (30 credits) along with Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits), and complete a 15,000 word Dissertation (Mode C, 60 credits).

It is possible to replace one of the specialist modules above by taking the course Empire, Race and Immigration (30 credits, taught with the School of Politics and International Relations) or one other approved module from QMUL in consultation with the Programme Convenor.

Programme Team
The teaching team in 2013–14 consists of Professor Alison Blunt, Dr Beth Greenhough, Professor Jon May, Professor Catherine Nash, Professor Miles Ogborn, Dr Alastair Owens, Dr David Pinder and Dr Shompa Lahiri, along with other staff involved in the Geographical Thought and Practice module.

Module Assessment
The MA Cities and Cultures is assessed through coursework and a dissertation as detailed under the dissertation module.  In addition to this formal assessment, students can also expect to meet informally with the module convenors and the programme convenor during each semester to discuss their progress.

For more detail: MA Cities and Culture brochure 

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