Subject details

  • 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
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate and analyse the processes of globalisation and the key theoretical and conceptual ideas relating to global cities and their regions
  2. develop and apply technical skills and ethical practices required to collate, manage and analyse empirical information on cities and regions
  3. critically identify and assess 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
  5. synthesise the analytical skills by evaluating and reporting on a specfic Global City challenge.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - 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

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 revitalisation. The subject 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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