General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Urban Movements In Polish Cities
Language English
Module lecturer dr Tomasz Sowada
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 15


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the module is to familiarize students with the concept of urban movements, their examples and role in social participation in city management and spatial planning.

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



Week 1: Urban movements – definition and theory

Week 2: Institutional and structural profile of Polish urban movements

Week 3: Motivations and attitudes of urban movements’ participants

Week 4: Activity of Polish urban movements

Week 5: Urban movements in the digital age

Week 6: Relations between urban movements, local authorities and regular city dwellers

Week 7: Neighbourhood movements and the social change

Week 8: Summary

Reading list

Castells, Manuel. (2012). Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age. Polity

Della Porta, D., & Diani, M. (2006). Social Movements: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Foth, M., Brynskov, M., & Ojala, T. (2015). Citizen ’ s Right to the Digital City: Urban Interfaces, Activism, and Placemaking. Singapore, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer - Science + Business Media Singapore Pte Ltd.

Jacobs, J. (1992). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Vintage Books.

Kotus, J., & Sowada, T. (2017). Behavioural model of collaborative urban management: extending the concept of Arnstein’s ladder. Cities, 65, 78–86.

Mayer, M. (2009). The ‘Right to the City’ in the context of shifting mottos of urban social movements. City, 13(2–3), 362–374.