Why Study Cities in the 21st Century?
Examine issues of urbanization and social justice at a time when millions of urban citizens across the world have come together to overcome structural inequality and the legacies of racial segregation and oppression in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Your program will begin in two sites in the United States—Jackson, Mississippi, and New York City—before moving on to two South African cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Over the course of seven weeks in the U.S. and seven weeks in South Africa, you will explore diverse localities and meet with local residents, leading academics, activists, government officials, experts, and community organizations. You’ll examine the history of racial segregation, urban planning, innovative alternative city governance movements, and urban social movements mobilizing around basic human rights like housing and water. These four cities, with their unique histories of the trade in enslaved peoples, settler colonialism, and state-sponsored racial oppression, are specifically suited to understanding the question of how race shapes cities and how cities shape the lived experiences of citizens across racial divides.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
- Explore politics, economics, geography, and culture in the built environment.
- Learn how different cities responded to the Covid-19 crisis and how the pandemic revealed existing inequalities.
- Meet renowned academics, thought leaders, elected officials, and NGOs.
- Observe community activism, media, and businesses that make a culture thrive.
- Live and study in four world cities undergoing rapid change and facing unique challenges.
None, but previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in urban studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, or other related fields is strongly recommended.