This course is designed to introduce you to the phenomenon of ‘the city’ and ‘the metropolis’, terms more popularly used to describe our urban environment.
Today, an ever-increasing percentage of the world population lives in urban areas, often crowded together onto tiny portions of the globe. How did these urban areas, systems, and networks come about, and what makes them work (or not)? Through lectures, audio-visual materials, assigned course readings, and discussions, the course aims to provide you with both a global perspective on processes of urbanization and an understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shape cities, their growth, and urban life within them.
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