TCP2030 : Urban Poverty: A Global Perspective

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This course is an introduction to the study of urban poverty through a global perspective. The course has a considerable reading load and assignments that require critical analysis.

The course has three main objectives:
The first is to introduce students to the study of urban poverty from a global perspective. Planning literatures usually focus on a particular country or region of the world when interrogating urban poverty. This course arranges issues of urban poverty thematically, demonstrating how such discussions cut across the world in different ways. It also reveals how differences in poverty issues are linked not only to questions of policy and development but also include social and cultural dimensions.

Second, the course approaches the study of urban poverty through an interdisciplinary approach- particularly through various social science disciplines including Sociology, Geography and Anthropology. It covers key texts, theories and methodologies of measuring and governing poverty and development

Third, the course links theoretical debates on urban poverty to current affairs. Students will be expected to use tools they learn in class to respond to news and other current events that they will be provided in class. Discussions are an important aspect of this class to hone skills in critical thinking and analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

Urban Poverty: Introduction session
Urbanism & (Im)migration
Gender, age and poverty
Employment and Unemployment
Climate change vulnerability and resilience
Housing and homelessness
Infrastructure (in)access
Urban Violence
Food Security
Tourism and exploitation
Social and Political Movements
Urban Poverty and Planning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lectures will be present and explain concepts students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00Seminars are meant for active discussion of reading materials and occasional videos
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00Students are required to read and prepare short responses every week,
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and discussions will help students hone their skills in engaging in critical analysis of cities and poverty and to draw connections between the global north and the global south. Reading responses will enable students to reflect on current news and the material they study for class. They will be discussing their reading reflections during the seminar sessions to enable them in sharing ideas and to help them become more active learners.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M802500 word essay due at the end of the semester
Reflective log1M201500 word log of 500 words on each of 3 seminars chosen from those attended
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Seminar logs help students reflect on the material that they read and the discussions in seminar groups as well as material presented in class. It is expected that this will encourage independent thinking and critical analysis. The analytical paper will draw together ideas they have learned in class into one coherent critically engaging piece of work.

Reading Lists