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    Vassar College
   
 
  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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GEOG 252 - Cities of the Global South: Urbanization and Social Change in the Developing World

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as URBS 252  and INTL 252 ) The largest and fastest wave of urbanization in human history is now underway in the Global South—the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Most of the world’s urban population already resides here, where mega-cities now reach massive proportions. Despite widespread economic dynamism, high rates of urbanization and deprivation often coincide, so many of the 21st century’s greatest challenges will arise in the Global South. This course examines postcolonial urbanism, global-city and ordinary-city theories, informal settlements and slums, social and environmental justice, and urban design, planning, and governance. We study scholarly, journalistic, and film depictions of Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro in Latin America; Algiers and Lagos in Africa; Cairo and Istanbul in the Middle East; and Beijing and Mumbai in Asia. Brian Godfrey.

Prerequisite(s): a previous Geography or Urban Studies course.

Two 75-minute periods.



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