PSCI 17
The Third World City Winter 2019

Cross-listed GBST 17 / PSCI 17
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In 2007, the world became majority urban. But most of these urbanites live not in places like New York or Tokyo but rather in places like Lagos or Mumbai, dwelling in shantytowns and working in petty commerce. Their cities’ path of urbanization diverges from the “normal” one accompanying industrialization in the West and in East Asia. About this phenomenon, arguably the most important social fact in today’s world, observers have adopted wildly divergent normative and theoretical stances, from the romantically optimistic to the apocalyptic. We read a few of these, including Mike Davis, Rem Koolhaas, Hernando De Soto, and Robert Neuwirth, and watch some films and videos on the subject.
The Class: Format: mornings
Limit: 20
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: 10-page paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference to PSCI majors and GBST concentrators
Materials/Lab Fee: $10 plus cost of books
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 17 PSCI 17

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