This is an ONLINE course where individual learners may join as a self-paced course. The entire course is divided into Four Modules of total 45-60 mins duration each. Every module is divided into multiple short lectures.

This course can also be taken as part of "Aligning Design with Allied Fields" where experts from fields of Sociology, Environmental Psychology, Economics and Environmental and Urban planning will share insights with learners. Individual learners may join it as a self-paced course and institutions are encouraged to join it as an elective or additional course. This module will provide an overview of urban sociology merging theory and practice explained with examples across urban sectors and geographies. A historical overview of urbanization in India will set the backdrop to trace it to the current urban context. An understanding of the term “urban” and its multiple interpretations and a discussion on urban planning, institutions, recent policies and urban development as discussed in the Constitution of India will empirically anchor the course. This will be be followed by understanding of concepts like informality, gentrification, and place. These will be further examined with the help of urban theories. Significant urban theories both in Northern and Southern contexts will be discussed to develop a comprehensive understanding.

Course Outcomes

  • Writing Skills

    Connecting theoretical concepts to real life scenarios and challenges.

  • Develop Ideas

    Develop research ideas for dissertation/ thesis by putting concepts and theories into practice.

  • Critical Thinking

    To engage in critical thinking to address current urban challenges.

Who should take this course?

The course has been designed so that anyone can join and learn, it looks into the role of sociology in urbanisation and its impact on our environment. Learners who are interested in the fields of environment, city design, architecture, sociology, econmics and related fields are encouraged to join this course.

  • Urban and Regional Planners

  • Students of architecture, design, conservation and planning

  • Researchers and professionals engaged in urban sectors, urban management, planning, conservation and design

  • Mid career academics and urban professionals like planners, architects, community workers, development sector professionals


Binti Singh

Subject Expert

Dr Binti Singh is an internationally acclaimed author and Urban sociologist, is a regular columnist and Jury member for BW Business World Media group, Associate Editor of Oxford Urbanists, a global think tank on Urban issues and Core Faculty at KRVIA MUMBAI

Abhishek Behera

Abhishek is a planner, urban designer, and architect who specializes on the integration of the public realm with the urban built environment. Over the last 12 years, he has worked in four countries and has gathered experience in the design and revitalization of waterfronts, streets, and transit corridors as assets of the community and tools for improving quality of life. He brings a unique experience of understanding the local community and culture, and integrating these elements into planning and design.

Course Curriculum

The course is structured into four modules. Each module is divided into short lectures on the various topics.


Duration: 30 mins                                    

Urban is a construct about an environment and we add value to the meaning and understanding of the idea of urban depending on perspectives and contexts. To start with what are the official definitions and criteria of defining a particular geography as urban-


Duration: 50 mins

Urban Policy, Governance, Planning- discuss specific provisions in the Constitution of India like 73rd CAA, 1992, 12th schedule, how urban planning evolved in India, institutions related to urban development, planning and various sectors, the evolution of urban governance and its present situation with examples from various cities and sectors


Duration: 1 hour

Urbanization – Historical Overview and Contemporary trends 


Duration: 50 mins                                    

Urban concepts and theories- globalization, informality, place and place making, gentrification,  urbanity, urbanism, city utopias like global cities and smart cities with critiques. Edward Said’s Orientalism, Lefebvre, David Harvey, Castells, Saskia Sassen, Jennifer Robinson, situation of the global South gives a new perspective. Indian authors and their work would be discussed- Amita Baviskar, Harini Nagendra, D Parthsarathy, Sujata Patel, Sanjay Srivastava, Arjun Appadurai, and Leela fernandes, Carol Upadhay and Binti Singh.

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