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The aim of this subject is to investigate global processes of urbanization, focusing particularly on issues of globalization, capitalism, inequality, colonialism, informality, migration, gender, and state power. More specifically, this subject seeks to develop critical insight into how urban development (and underdevelopment) is linked through global processes, and how contemporary urban landscapes are produced through broader political economic, historical, socio-cultural, and environmental processes. The subject includes historical context in addition to contemporary case studies, and analysis is focused on cities in both the global South and North. Specific topics to be considered include the following: urban poverty and informality; labour and economic production; segregation and marginalization; gender and urban development; collective mobilization and social movements; political ecology and environmental vulnerability; urban governance and state power; policing and public security; colonial legacies and race in cities; migration and global climate change.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Describe the connections between urbanization and other development processes
- Distinguish between key theories and histories of global urbanization
- Demonstrate how cities around the world are connected through historical and contemporary linkages
- Critically analyse how inequality and informality are produced through urban development
- Demonstrate awareness for contemporary urban debates and how they connect to broader processes of global development
- Demonstrate skills in critical analysis and communication.
On completion of this subject students should:
- Be able to demonstrate a high degree of conceptual and analytical skills
- Be able to work on team-based projects requiring coordination and negotiation skills
- Be able to demonstrate sensitivity to local conditions and needs.
Last updated: 31 January 2024