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Summer course: URBDP 498/598: Cities of the Global South

Submitted by Caterina Rost on May 4, 2016 - 11:38am
Global South Summer Course
Cities of the Global South
Summer Full Term          
MW 10:20-11:20
Since 2009, for the first time in the known history of the human race, the global urban population has overtaken rural population, and this trend is likely to continue for at least the next four decades. In this time, while the world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion, urban population is set grow by 2.9 billion and most of this growth will take place in the cities of the global South. With this urban growth will come a shift in practices and processes of living, and a further accelerated urbanization. The rate of urbanization is and will continue to be the fastest in the least urbanized areas of the world. Since the end of the twentieth century, a majority of the world's largest urban agglomerations are located outside the global North, in the global South. However while being similar, cities in the global South are also varied in their experiences with consequences and patterns of urbanization.

This course aims to embrace the complexity and ambiguity that is the city in the Global South and help students become familiar with its numerous urbanities and urbanisms.  Drawing on conflicting contributions and profiling divergent debates, this course will address but not be limited to the following topics:

  • The history of urbanization and the city in Global South
  • The Global South City and Colonialism
  • Population growth, demographic shifts, changes in the built environment;
  • Globalization and the new socio-economic dynamics in the Global South;
  • The Global World-Class city paradigm
  • The rise of the new urban middle class
  • Informal settlements and urbanism;
  • Urban political formations, and practices;
  •  Everyday life and differences in urban environments in the Global South;
  •  Climate Change and its impact on cities of the Global South

This will be a mid-level course appropriate for students with no background in Global South studies, as well as for those seeking to better understand the region’s urban environments and landscape in the context of recent globalization and rapid historical changes. 

for details and questions, contact Susmita Rishi (Sush) :

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