Comparative Global Urbanism

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Global Urbanism

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Fulfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will explore global urban issues from a comparative perspective. Apart from global/world city formations, we will discuss the relationship between globalization and emerging patterns of urban inequality and exclusion, neoliberal urbanization, urban informality, and urban social movements.
    Course Aims:

    1. develop a critical understanding of global urban processes and conflicts thereof from a comparative perspective.

    2. discuss theoretical approaches to the current ?urban revolution?

    3.offer empirical examples for a wide range of urban processes and issues across the world

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    1. evaluate different theoretical conceptualizations of the relations between globalization, urbanization and uneven development

    2. critically assess theories of world/global cities

    3. demonstrate the consequences of globalization on the livelihoods of different urban groups and on social exclusion

    4. develop comparative perspectives of a wide range of urban issues across the world

    5. offer critical reflections on the notions, epistemologies, methodologies and ethics of comparative analysis

    6. conduct geographical analyses of struggles over urban spaces.

    Personal transferable skills:

    1. critically read and analyse texts

    2. produce a written argument according to standards of academic scholarship

    3. engage with diverse geographical contexts

    4. work co-operatively and mutually with peers


    A 2000-word essay on a topic announced in class, and a 90-minute exam.

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Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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