CITIES AND GLOBALIZATION

Academic Year 2021/2022 - 2° Year

Course Structure

Students are taught through lectures, seminars, class discussions, case study analysis (also based on multimedia material), fieldworks. Students are exposed to various modes of inter-personal communications and collaborative teamwork. All students are expected to engage in class discussion.


Required Prerequisites

None


Attendance of Lessons

Normally mandatory


Detailed Course Content

The course offers a geographical perspective on globalization and provides an exploration of its spatial impacts. Particular emphasis will be given to the impacts of globalization on urban areas being the city the principal site through which globalization occurs. This is reflected in the various social, economic, and political changes that have not only added emphasis to the dynamics of cities, but have also multiplied the contradictions and tensions underlying urban development.

 

Specifically, the course aims at pursuing the following learning objectives:

  • Acquiring knowledge: the students will acquire theoretical-methodological skills in the field of urban geography to interpret and deconstruct global forces occurring in urban contexts;
  • Making judgments: the students will be able to critically evaluate the complex tangle of global/local forces occurring in cities;
  • Developing Communication skills: the students will be able to transfer to others, with a full command of technical language, information and assessments about the relationship between cities and globalization;
  • Learning skills: at the end of the course students will have gained the necessary knowledge to deepen and integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills for a critical analysis of globalization dynamics that influence and/or emerge from urban contexts.

Textbook Information

Text n. 1 Rossi U., Vanolo A., Urban Political Geography. A Global Perspective. London: Sage.

A selection of scientific and newspaper articles will be provided through Studium platform.



Course Planning

 SubjectsReferences to Textbooks
1Introduction: Key Issues and Themes What is a City? Globalization and the Urban ExperienceText 1, pp. 1- 21 
2Urban Development and the Politics of Representation. From Fordism to post-Fordism reinventing cities in a context of economic transitionText 1 pp. 25-50  
3Making Culture Work: The Rise of The Creative CityText n. 1 pp. 51-68  
4The rise of neoliberalismText 1, pp. 71-86  
5The practice of urban neoliberalismText n. 1, pp. 86-102  
6Gentrification, global processes and local impactsLearning material provided through Studium 
7Urban geopolitics: violence, fear, urbicideText n. 1, pp. 103-131  
8Politics as contestationText 1, pp. 131-178  
9 Cities and new technologies in (post)pandemic timesLearning material provided through Studium 

LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Learning Assessment methods

Oral exam