ENV-355 Urban Geography

In this course students will examine cities as concentrations of culture, political power, and resource use. Units will cover: the broad history of "city" development with examples from multiple continents, including the urban morphologies promoted by European colonialism and the possibilities afforded by urban anonymity; the persistence of influence in certain "world cities" and their current rivals; and the transition from urban hinterlands to a broader resource-shed drawing in whole regions or global supply chains. The course will conclude with an examination of proposals for sustainable urban life.


3 credits