Courses & Units

City Lives HGA341


City Lives brings together practical skills in urban analysis and observation to promote critical consideration of the pressing urban issues of our times. In particular, this unit tackles contemporary issues of urban inclusion, exclusion, diversity, and creativity. It interrogates who and what is given ‘place’ in the city and the norms which shape urban governance, encounter, interaction, and resistance. Foregrounding urban social theory focused on race, gender and inequality, City Lives engages with intersecting explanations for the current structure of life in cities and what is needed to promote sociospatial inclusion and liveability into the future. The unit locates theoretical thinking in local and international examples of urban poverty, stigma, disaster, activism and innovation, with a focus on how the communities, identities, and bodies of city dwellers are enabled, disabled, celebrated and erased in cityspace.


Unit name City Lives
Unit code HGA341
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Associate Professor Catherine Robinson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain contemporary urban social theory to inform understanding of cities and city dwellers.
  • Utilise observational research methods reflexively to investigate urban social spaces.
  • Analyse observed urban social spaces independently using a theoretically informed approach.
  • Communicate effectively and accurately in written work.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090301 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

On campus:

Weekly recorded lecture (50 minutes)

Weekly face to face tutorial (60 minutes) from weeks 2-13

Independent learning (20 minutes) from weeks 5-12

Off campus: 

Weekly recorded lecture (50 minutes)

Weekly tutorial via zoom (60 minutes) from weeks 2-13

Independent learning (20 minutes) from weeks 5-12

AssessmentDrawing from close reading of one set of texts (from Weeks 2-4), explain the uneven nature of the ‘right to the city’? (20%)|Drawing from close readings of set texts (from Weeks 10-12), unobtrusive walking observations and wider sources, identify, describe, and interpret evidence of urban inclusion in your local city space. (40%)|Drawing from close readings of set texts (from Weeks 6-8), unobtrusive walking observations and wider sources, identify, describe, and contextualise evidence of urban exclusion in your local city space. (40%)
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