GEO3141 : Cities of the Global South

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module introduces students to the geographies of cities of the Global South. The lectures, seminars, workshops and readings and assessments provide students with the opportunity to learn about contemporary urbanization processes such as economic growth, government, housing and transport. Instead of seeing these as developmental limitations, we will read recent critical urban geography scholarship which seeks to imagine the capacities and capabilities of cities of the global south. We will focus on the vitality of cities of the global south and their experiments and innovations that are increasingly becoming global best practice. These empirical examples will provide students with the opportunity to rethink northern theory and northern urban development patterns which has dominated geography for far too long.

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 participate in lecture and seminar 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 Living in cities (part 1: informal housing)
Lecture 6 Living in cities (part 2: formal housing)
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 teaching61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

-Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate the core conceptual, theoretical and empirical content of the module.
-Seminars and workshops provide an opportunity for students to engage with module material

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
Essay2M652500 word essay
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Seminar
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 seminars 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