The global world is an urban world. Why do globalization and urbanization seem to go hand in hand? What factors are driving the rapid pace of urbanization and is this inevitable? This class will give you a solid grounding in the academic literature on global cities, and plentiful in-depth case studies on how cities around the world are responding to global pressures. We will think about the economy and labor markets of global cities, housing conditions and the growth of slums, migration to global cities, the international organizations charged with shaping urbanization, and the governance of global cities. We will also consider how cities in the U.S. South are being shaped by global pressures.

We will use active learning techniques (in addition to some lectures) that will have you researching particular cities and their issues, designing policy briefs, and debating academic concepts and measurements. The course stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system. (GISci)  Prerequisite, GEOG 370; permission of the instructor required for students lacking the prerequisite.

Cross listed: GEOG 428