General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Shrinking cities
Language Engilsh
Module lecturer prof. Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz, dr Przemysław Ciesiółka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Full professor, Assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 15


The timetable will be set in Februrary 2025.

Location: Collegium Geographicum, Bogumiła Krygowskiego 10, Faculty of Human Geography and Planning, Room 103 (1st floor).

How to get there: 

Module aim (aims)

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the issue of shrinking cities as a topical phenomenon in urban geography. In particular, the course will address the following issues:

- urban shrinkage in the past and today

- shrinking cities: a global phenomenon?

- causes and consequences of urban shrinkage

- "icons" of shrinkage

- shrinkage of old industrial cities

- regeneration strategies in shrinking cities

- industrial heritage as part of regeneration strategy in shrinking old industrial cities

- the specificity of post-socialist urban shrinkage

- shrinking cities in Poland

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge of urban geography.


Week 1:Definitiona of a 'shrinking city', causes and consequences


Week 2: Geography of urban shrinkage with a focus on post-socialist cities


Week 3: Shrinking cities in Poland


Week 4: Governing shrinking cities


Week 5: Regeneration strategies in shrinking cities


Week 6: Planning culture in shrinking cities

Reading list

Will be provided during the course.