Why Study Cities in the 21st Century?
Through the prism of social justice, examine how four truly global cities—New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Cape Town—work and operate within the global economy. This program takes a holistic and interdisciplinary view of academic topics, drawing not only from articles and faculty lectures but also student observations, guest lectures, and the homestay experiences. Meet with thought leaders and academics, public agencies, planners, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, and grassroots groups to see how urban citizens organize to envision, build, and create more just cities. Explore how COVID-19 realities have reshaped urban spaces. Along the way, you will focus on fieldwork methods, practice, and ethics while completing an independent comparative project on a topic of your choice. By immersing yourself in four international cities undergoing rapid change, compare how global politics, economics, local geography, and culture shape social relations in cities across continents, and how each faces its unique challenges.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
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- Explore politics, economics, geography, and culture in the built environment.
- Learn how to critically “read” a city and understand interconnected systems.
- Meet renowned academics, thought leaders, elected officials, and NGO staff members.
- Observe the 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 or other background in urban studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, or other related fields is strongly recommended.