Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. critically evaluate the processes of globalisation and the key theoretical and conceptual ideas relating to global cities and their regions
  2. develop technical skills required to collate, manage and analyse empirical information on cities and regions and apply appropriate research skills and ethical practices to research
  3. analyse the interrelationships between cities and their regions and communicate complex research data and ideas through different media using a range of technologies
  4. evaluate the core concepts of spatial distance and social isolation in cities.
  • Topics

    • The Allure of the City
    • Putting Cities First
    • Origins of the City
    • City Worlds: Social
    • Geographies of the City
    • Global Cities: Command and Control
    • Fear and the City
    • Cities in Decline?
    • Developing World Cities
    • The Creative City
    • Sustainable Cities
    • Tourist-Historic Cities
    • Cities of Tomorrow
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject explores both the concept and the reality of the Global City ranging from historical trajectories, and spatial hierarchies to the contemporary politics of their reimaging and revitalisation. The unit draws on consideration of the processes of globalisation, gentrification, consumption and urban contestation as a means of understanding and challenging both the contemporary notion of the neo-liberal city and the prospective implications of human futures in an urbanising world.

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  • Essay (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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