Urban Studies

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?  

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