Why Study Cities in the 21st Century?
Cape Town, Bilbao, and Delhi: Through the prism of social justice, examine how global cities 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 field visits. Assignments typically involve written essays, oral presentations, and collaborative group work. Meet with thought leaders and academics, public agencies, planners, elected officials, nongovernmental organizations, and grassroots groups to see how urban citizens organize to envision, build and create more just cities. Along the way, you will focus on fieldwork methods, practice and ethics whilst completing a comparative project on a topic of your choice. By immersing yourself in these 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 own unique challenges.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
Photos on this page may depict program sites from previous semesters. Please view the Program Sites section of this page to see where this program will travel in spring 2022.
- 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 NGOs.
- Observe community activism, media, and businesses that make a culture thrive.
- Live and study in three 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.