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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3) Introduction to the geography of the world's cities and urban system.

GEOG 120

GEOG 120 Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course examines urban settlements and analyzes the processes of urbanization from a global perspective. The goal is to provide students with basic information, concepts and analytical tools to understand contemporary processes of urbanization and urban change. Urban places are of fundamental importance: for the distribution of population; for the organization of economic production, distribution and exchange; in the structuring of social reproduction and cultural life; and in the allocation and exercise of power. Geography provides a particularly useful perspective on and insight into the urban condition, helping to understand the internal structure of urban areas and the complex inter-relations between cities around the globe. An over-riding theme in the course is examining the relationship between global and local factors in these processes. Critical areas of inquiry include the economy of cities, politics, social interaction, urban social movements, land-use, and urban structure. A significant portion of the course focuses on urbanization in the Third World.

General Education: GS
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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