Global Cities

Examination of new ways of living and surviving in cities across the world—new urbanization as distinct from the “new urbanism”—in context of the decline of the industrial economy, the offshoring of work, the creation of network cities and so-called “global cities.” Explores impact of increased urbanization, linked to “post-wage” work, informalization, and inequality. Addresses dilemmas of alternative forms of life through “cases,” including cities in the global North and South, varied “urban” schools, their theories and methodologies. One course.

Surviving Globalization: The Global South and the Development Imagination

Global Change entails a multiplicity of environmental, social, economic, political and cultural factors that create challenges for development. The Global South, a vital area of the world, has been entangled in this vortex of global change as both catalyst and conductor of an emergent globalizing modernity. The progress of globalization seems beset by multiple stressors, ranging from financial crises and global recession, to climate change, state and non-state conflicts, free ranging terrorist aggression, and global health scares. What are the odds then of surviving globalization?

The Frontiers and Minorities of the Tsarist and Soviet Empires

Introduces multiconfessional, multilingual, multicultural composition of Russian & Soviet empires with questions concerning minorities in an imperial context. Learn about construction, interaction, and manipulation of cultures and identities. Balance Tsarist & Soviet efforts to modernize and Russify minorities, such as Ashkenazi Jews, Poles, & Turkic Muslims, against negotiated transformation and cultural resilience of minorities.