Fall 2022 - URB 620 G100

Urban Communities and Cultures (4)

Class Number: 6774

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Thu, 5:30–9:20 p.m.



This course is an introduction to the anthropological and sociological study of complex urban societies in comparative perspective. It includes study of anthropological and sociological approaches to urbanization, the nature of the city as a social system, and urban communities and cultures.


This seminar course will explore perspectives on and social constructions of urban communities and cultures. The course will introduce insights that will enhance critical thinking and encourage historical awareness of local and place-specific contexts.

The course literature derives from multiple disciplines such as cultural geography, cultural studies, urban studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. The course will offer insights into urban lives, activities, identities, memories, and cultural phenomena to name a few.

As this is a seminar course, participants will actively discuss and explore readings, and share urban observations and explorations with one another. Together, participants will broaden their understandings of course topics and observe the meanings and values associated with their living environments as a part of everyday life.


  • Participation 20%
  • Seminar Facilitation 20%
  • Ethnographic Observation Exercise 20%
  • Essay Topic Introduction 10%
  • Final Essay 30%



Course readings will be made available on Canvas and through SFU library.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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