GEO3141 : Cities of the Global South

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module introduces students to contemporary urban debates concerning cities of the Global South. The lectures, seminars and readings examine the divergent challenges and opportunities, emphasizing the connections and contentions influencing urban culture, economies, governance, morphologies, politics and planning. It builds on ideas explored at Stage 2 and students should be comfortable with concepts in development, economic, political and/or social geography. Students will be expected to write two essays and lead as well as participate in weekly discussions.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following themes will be covered in the module’s 12 lectures:

Part 1: Introduction to the global south
In lectures 1-3, we will introduce the key themes of the module including, what is the global south and what are the characteristics of a southern city?

Part 2: Southern urbanism
In lectures 4-8, we will critically appraise the city employing theories from economic, political and social geography to understand current conditions within the global south.

Part 3: Southern experimentation
In lectures 9-12, we will think about the city as site of innovation and emulation examining the achievements of cities of the global south and their role within the world of cities. We will conclude looking towards the future of southern urbanism.

Part 1: Southern urbanism
Lecture 1 Introduction to cities of the global south

Lecture 2 Concepts and constructs of urbanism

Lecture 3 A world of cities

Part 2: Southern urbanism

Lecture 4 Urban governance and politics

Lecture 5 Informality and urban life

Lecture 6 Urban policy and development

Lecture 7 The politics of the everyday

Lecture 8 Mobilities and movement

Part 3: Southern experimentation

Lecture 9 Cities as sites of innovation

Lecture 10 Urban imaginations

Lecture 11 Tracing policy mobilities

Lecture 12 The future of southern urbanism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching Rationale And Relationship
-       Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate the core conceptual, theoretical and empirical content of the module.
-       Specialist films and associated seminars provide another means of illustrating theoretical engagements with issues of contemporary and historical urbanism.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M251000 word essay – analysing introductory module concepts
Essay2M652500 word essay – assessing an urban policy or program in a southern city of your choice
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Active participation is essential
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assessments are an appropriate way to assess the candidate’s ability to structure and express arguments; exhibit evidence of critical engagement with assigned readings; demonstrate the ability to engage with scholarly arguments, synthesize the material and formulate a rigorous argument; show the capability to apply academic writing to a practical case study; and express originality. Participation in seminar activities is an essential means of demonstrating a critical reading of the assigned materials and an ability to understand and formulate a rigorous argument as well an opportunity for more interactive, student-led discussion, analysis and presentation of course material. Seminar participation will be assessed using a criteria included in the module handbook.

Reading Lists