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ASC 320: Urban Sociology Notes

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1.1 Introduction
This is our first urban sociology lesson. We shall expose ourselves to the meaning of urban sociology as an academic field and concepts related to the understanding of the discipline. This is important for it is aimed at exciting your quest for deeper understanding of urban phenomena especially urban sociology. We shall introduce you the concept of urban sociology, new urban sociology, urbanization, metropolitan region and sociospatial approach .The purpose of this lesson is to enable you appreciate sociology is keeping abreast with the changing landscape of urbanization.

1.2 Lesson Learning Outcomes
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
1.2.1 Explain the concept of urban sociology
1.2.2 Explain the concept urbanization.
1.2.3 Distinguish between cities and Metropolitan region.
1.2.4 Illustrate the sociospatial approach

1.2.1 Urban sociology
Urban sociology is a branch of sociology that endeavors to study human interactions in cities and their impact on social development. The emphasis is on the traditional sociological areas of city life include changing dynamics, and consequences of social structure, population size, density of population, social organization, environmental changes, social problems, and political economy of the city among others with major aim of providing input to planning and policy making. But recently there is a shift in the focus of this discipline in what is called New urban sociology. This new focus claims that the city is not just a container of the social interactions but an active participant of the interactions. Consequently, in addition to the traditional urban sociology, new urban sociology has three fundamental dimensions:

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