More than half of the world's population lives in cities. Urban areas have played a distinctive role in history and face specific challenges in the present day.
If you are fascinated by cities and want to take a critical look at their functioning and their role in the past and the present, this Themed Option may be for you. You will investigate urban societies through the prism of history, geography, economics, sociology, and other disciplines. How did cities evolve historically and what is the legacy of the past? What makes them “tick”? What kinds of problems do they face today, and what are the consequences of the solutions used to fix them? Who controls the city, and how do politics and ideology affect planning, policing and policy? What connections are there between cities and their hinterland, and on the other extreme, between cities around the world?
- Brigitte Le Normand - Designing Tito's Capital: Urban Planning, Modernism, and Socialism
- Elisabeth Gugl - A Prosperous Region Needs a Vibrant Core - Lessons from the Capital Region
- Martin Farnham - Managing Growth: What Should Government Do and Not Do?
- James Moore - The Infill Challenge: Putting our Best House Forward
- Carey Doberstein, Ross Hickey - Attitudes Towards Urban Density in Kelowna
- Eric Li, Sheryl Peters, Mark West - Affordable Housing – Regional and International Perspectives
- Nicolas Kenny - Locating the Urban Imaginary
- Round-table - Commemorating Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
- Tonya Davidson - Memory, National Belonging and the Social Loves of Monuments
- Rachel Luft - Disaster patriarchy: Intersectional lessons from Hurricane Katrina