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Urban anthropology

Urbana antropologija

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Aljoša Pužar


Elective - general




First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Communication studies - Marketing Communication and Public Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of Cultural studies - Studies of Culture and Creativity
  • Undergraduate Programme of Defence Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations
  • Undergraduate Programme of Journalism
  • Undergraduate Programme of Media and Communication Studies
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Public Policies and Sdministration
  • Undergraduate Programme of Political Science - Studies of Politics and the State
  • Undergraduate Programme of Social Informatics
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology
  • Undergraduate Programme of Sociology - Human Resources Management


Students are allowed to take the course if they completed the enrolment procedure.

Objectives and competences

AIMS: To present urban anthropology as anthropological sub-discipline, and anthropological understandings of space and spatiality, and of the processes of social production and reproduction of urban space. COMPETENCES: Forming of new knowledge; critical and political analysis; applicability of knowledge; oral and written communication, research skills.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Urban anthropology as the anthropological sub-discipline (definition, research subject) Anthropogeography and cultural geography Anthropological understanding of space (social construction of space and social spatiality) Thinking time and space – philosophical and historical views Anthropological understanding of the rule of the town/city in social production and reproduction Modern and contemporary critical theories of space Temporality and spatiality of the contemporary cities – case studies Urban utopias and dystopias "Global cities" Contemporary urban spatial practices – hegemonic and emancipatory

Intended learning outcomes:

1. to describe urban anthropology as anthropological sub-discipline 2. to clarify anthropological understanding of space and spatiality 3. to spur and to develop complex thinking of urban time and space in the past and in contemporary times 4. to apply and use new knowledge in critical and political analysis of urban practices in concrete social and cultural environments.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars, consultations, individual or group work with professor, reading.


Work in the class (participation in analysis of concrete problems) 10 % Written exam (test + short paper). 90 %

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Notes: Pedagog bo izbrano gradivo študentom podal pri predmetu neposredno na predavanjih, ali v spletni referat ali spletno učilnico.
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Gmelch, George (ur.)
Title: Urban life : readings in the anthropology of the city »
Edition: 6th ed.
Publishing: Long Grove : Waveland Press, cop. 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4786-3569-7; 1-4786-3569-X
COBISS.SI-ID: 73728259 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Hannerz, Ulf
Title: Exploring the city : inquiries toward an urban anthropology »
Publishing: New York : Columbia University Press, 1980
ISBN: 978-0-231-88198-2
COBISS.SI-ID: 37776899 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

3. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Massey, Doreen Barbara
Title: For space »
Publishing: London ; Thousand Oaks ; New Delhi : Sage, 2005
ISBN: 978-1-446-23240-8
COBISS.SI-ID: 28221443 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

4. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Miles, Malcolm (ur.); Hall, Tim (ur.); Borden, Iain (ur.)
Title: The city cultures reader »
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publishing: London ; New York : Routledge, 2004
ISBN: 0-415-30245-5; 978-0-415-30245-6; 0-415-30244-7; 978-0-415-30244-9
COBISS.SI-ID: 23689005 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

5. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Shields, Rob
Title: Spatial questions : cultural topologies and social spatialisations »
Publishing: London [etc.] : Sage, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4462-7525-2
COBISS.SI-ID: 27936003 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Research paper, resarch project, seminar paper or assignments
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams