SOCIETY & GOVERNANCE
5 ECTS credits.
The general aim of this course is to explore the social morphology of cities and the local governance in relation with services provision in a globalized society where there is a rapid change of social needs. The social morphology: considering the social cleavages, and the different daily practices of social groups, the dynamics of urban society and social services provision with the uses and transformations of urban public.
The access and use of local services: analyzing the specific characteristics of the local services in relation with the different social spaces in the city, taking into account their relation with the cultural and economic diversities of these spaces; considering the local services both from the supply and the demand sides, and the characteristics of the inhabitants of these spaces. Special attention is given to the question of the proximity and the distance of the services in relation to its impact in the local welfare.
The urban governance: all these topics are approached taking into account from one side the perspective of the inhabitants of specific areas, and from the other the dynamics of their neighborhoods. It will consider the diversity of the inhabitants in terms of its social and economic position, age, gender, ethnic or national conditions and other criteria relevant in each case, such as the type of household in which they live. The course also examines the structure of local power in different European countries and the system of decisions in the context of the current multiscale distribution of competencies. It will devote special attention to the citizens’ participation and the different ways of its organization, as well as the formation and dynamics of the local social movements.
The main aim of the course is to enrich the student´s analysis of the city and its capacity to plan the distribution of the social services, the way in which they are produced and to analyse its impact on daily life of people, considering also the ways of the local decision system and its organization in relation to the satisfaction of the social needs of the population.
It is also intended that the students become an active part of the learning process by:
- Familiarizing with the approaches, theories, concepts and analysis related with socio political perspective and its three dimensions considered in the course: the social structure, the access and use to housing and local services and the urban governance.
- Examining the main problems and challenges related to the local governance in relation with specific social spaces and neighborhoods, combing quantitative and qualitative methods, and using different technical tools.
- Writing a small essay in relation with the topics analyzed.
- Proposing several interventions as a result of the analysis.