1870Q [CRN: 26354]
Populations the world over are urbanizing, creating mega-cities with mega-prospects and mega-problems. This course considers urbanization and urban life in the world;s largest and most prominent cites. Examines the economic, political, social, cultural, and other forces that push and pull migrants to global cities and the ways those cities respond to growth--and sometimes decline. Students confront urban challenges--inadequate infrastructure, transportation, and housing environmental degradation, architectural and heritage preservation, social diversity and conflict, crime and informal employment. Students also learn what makes places distinctive by comparing global cities from regions around the world.
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