New Geographies of Theory: Urbanism and Planning in the 21st Century

This short course, designed for advanced graduate students, covers new directions in urban and planning theory.  During the course of 4 sessions, students will be introduced to, and gain fluency in, the following conceptual frameworks and debates:

1. The growing call in urban studies and planning to “see from the South” and how such an approach can generate an analytics (e.g. urban informality) applicable to cities everywhere.

2. The remaking of critical urban theory through postcolonial thought, feminist theory, and critical race theory.

3. The relevance of development studies (notably ethnographies of development) to the transformation of planning discourse and practice.

4. The efforts to craft philosophies of justice (including the just city) and an ethics of planning practice in a global and highly unequal world.

Course Requirements: Students must attend all 4 sessions of the course and complete assigned readings.  Students will also be expected to submit and present short analytical essays discussing the course readings at each session.

  • Limited to 21
  • Pre-register
  • No listeners allowed
  • Graded pass/fail