I. The field of urban geography, nature, scope and history of urban geography
ii. The origin and growth of cities: theories of urban origin; Early urban hearths
ii. Global trigger factors of urban change- economy, technology, demography, politics, society, culture, environment
iv Centripetal and centrifugal forces in urban Geography
v. Stages of Urban development model/ process of urban change- urbanization, counter urbanization, reurbanization, suburbanization,
exurbanization, agglomeration, globalization
vi. The urbanization cycle; the primate city phase, the intermediate city phase, the small city phase
vii. Urban functional classification; as economic base
viii. Urban morphogenesis: burgees concentric zone model, sector model, the multiple nuclei; Rank size rule; Law of primate city
ix. Level of analysis in urban Geography; the neighbourhood; the city; the region; the national system of cities; the World system of cities
x. Urban planning and policy: the roots of urban planning, ancient, medieval and modern urban planning; the value of planning
xi. Urban planning and policy:nature of urban policy; comparison of urban policy in UK, USA and socialist city
xii. Sustainable urban development
xiii. Urbanization and urban change in world region: North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, East and Central Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Africa
● To explain the process of the formation and development of urban settlements
● To prepare students understanding the processes of urbanization and morphology of cities and towns.
● The application of different theories urban structure to equip the students with knowledge to tackle with contemporary problems of urbanization.
Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student will:
● Explain the concepts and models of the development, function and distribution of cities.
● Examine and explain the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and other characteristics on the perception of and interaction with urban spaces.
● Analyze the processes of suburbanization and gentrification and their contemporary characteristics.
● Describe the development and implications of the urban built environment and landscape.
● Explain how public and private sector organizations influence the planning and development of cities.
● Assess the challenges confronting developing or peripheral cities and possible solutions.
Latest information about world population,urban, rural population and urbanization
Functional classification of Cities in United states
Book Title : Readings in Urban Geography
Author : Mayer. H.M. & Kohn C.F
Edition : Third Impression edition (1964)
Publisher : University of Chicago Press.
Book Title : Urban Geography. A global perspective
Author : Michail Pociane
Edition : 3rd edition
Publisher : Rutledge 29 West Word 35th New York NY