Sociology I + II

This series of lec­tures enab­les stu­dents to com­pre­hend archi­tec­tu­re in its soci­al con­text. It approa­ches the archi­tec­tu­ral pro­fes­si­on from two dif­fe­rent angles: macro-socio­lo­gi­cal and micro-socio­lo­gi­cal.

Socio­lo­gy I deals with the macro-socio­lo­gi­cal point of view, and inves­ti­ga­tes the rela­ti­on bet­ween soci­al deve­lop­ments and the pro­duc­tion of the built envi­ron­ment. In the first part some cen­tral aspec­ts of soci­al chan­ge are exami­ned – in par­ti­cu­lar the tran­si­ti­on from For­dism to Post­for­dism and from Moder­nism to Post­mo­der­nism, and the inter­lin­ked pro­ces­ses of glo­ba­li­za­ti­on and regio­na­li­za­ti­on. The second part deals with his­to­ri­cal and pre­sent-day forms of urba­ni­za­ti­on. Among other aspec­ts trea­ted here are the chan­ged signi­fi­can­ce of urban-rural con­trasts, the pro­ces­ses of sub­ur­ba­ni­za­ti­on and peri­ur­ba­ni­za­ti­on, the for­ma­ti­on of glo­bal cities and metro­po­li­tan regi­ons, the growth of new urban con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons in cen­tres (gen­tri­fi­ca­ti­on) and on urban peri­phe­ries (edge city, exo­po­lis). In the third part the­se gene­ral pro­ces­ses are illus­tra­ted by typi­cal models of urba­ni­za­ti­on.

In Socio­lo­gy II, the first part focu­ses on cur­rent per­spec­tives of ana­ly­sis in urban stu­dies. Theo­re­ti­cal approa­ches are pre­sen­ted with the help of con­cre­te case stu­dies. First, the post­co­lo­ni­al per­spec­tive in urban stu­dies will be intro­du­ced, illus­tra­ted with examp­les of empi­ri­cal rese­arch. This part con­clu­des with an intro­duc­tion into sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch by pre­sen­ting dif­fe­rent methods in the ana­ly­sis of urba­ni­za­ti­on pro­ces­ses in Mexi­co City (lec­tu­rer: Moni­ka Streu­le). In the second part, dif­fe­rent forms of the urban in the metro­po­li­tan regi­on of Zurich are dis­cus­sed and some urban con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons and poli­tics of urba­ni­za­ti­on are pre­sen­ted (lec­tu­rer: Rahel Nüss­li). In the third part, dif­fe­rent models of housing are pre­sen­ted and dis­cus­sed (lec­tu­rer: Marie Gla­ser).