Syllabi

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Urban Greening Lab New York – Rademacher (New York University)

This is an undergraduate course that works with materials from across many frames, including the world of policy documents. In doing so, the objective is to problematize both the way that urban environmental improvements are framed and the way they are operationalized. Given that New York City has a formal plan in place to meet a suite of environmental objectives, we treat the city as our field site. You will notice that much of the second half of the course is devoted to experiential learning through field visits.

This PhD course provides participants with an overview of, and engagement with, various theoretical perspectives, debates and research practices that have energized the discussions around urban ecology, urban ecosystems, and urban sustainability during the last 10-15 years.

This is an elective module taught on the MSc Programme Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at Oxford. The module discusses three key questions – (i) how has the concept of ‘the public’ evolved in democratic political theory?; (ii) what are the most influential ways of theorizing the public in relation to environmental problem-framing and policy-making in play today?; and (iii) what differences do such competing theoretical approaches to ‘environmental publics’ make to the design and practice of public engagement research methodologies?

This graduate seminar probes the history and politics of our rapidly expanding urban world. It carefully investigates how colonial urban histories, political economic shifts, and new forms of expertise and discourse are shaping the urban environment. The course draws from geography, urban planning, history, anthropology, and sociology, among other fields, to build a strong foundation in urban political ecology.

Sustainable Urban Development – Myers (Trinity College)

This undergraduate course introduces students to the sub-field of urban studies which deals with sustainable development, including exploration of the debates on the meanings of sustainability and development in cities. Taking a comparative approach and a global perspective, it examines the ecological footprint of cities, urban political ecology, sustainable architecture, the relationships between cities and climate change, programs for sustainable urban planning, urban transportation and service delivery around the world. This course also includes a Community Learning Initiative component.

Cities of the South – Parnell (University of Cape Town)

This honors course equips students to critically survey aspects of the contemporary urban geography and planning literatures on cities of the south.  On the basis of a command of the literature students learn to read the urban landscape of a number of different cities of the south, including those of South Africa, and be in a position to reflect on the implications of how cities are variously conceived.

The Urban Experience – Sharan (Center for the Study of Developing Societies)

This course is part of a program on Researching the Contemporary organised by the CSDS every summer. Participants are drawn from a variety of disciplines and most of them do not have a background in urban studies. The course therefore ranges over a number of themes and draws upon literature from various fields. It is, in other words, a kind of general course to introduce students to the range of issues/debates in the field of urban studies.