Cities: 21st Century Perspectives
In an age, where for the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than outside of them, this course examines the social, political, economic and historical dimensions of the modern city. It includes a range of case studies, from both the Western world and the Global South. Questions considered include, is the city a site for greater equality or inequality, will cities rise to replace states as key actors in global relations and does the recent growth in urban art and social movements herald a new understanding of urban realities? No background information is needed for this course. It is dynamic, discursive and enjoyable, with students encouraged to bring their perspectives, passions and experiences to share.