Course description

The course introduces students to urbanization in the Global South. It examines the demographic, economic and historical processes that create cities. Attention is given to the role of the state, market, non-governmental actors and communities in planning, building, and governing of cities. The course investigates opportunities and challenges facing cities, including but not limited to unprecedented increases in inequality, migration, climate change, informality, and access to shelter and core infrastructure.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:CRP 1101 001-LEC
Session:Summer 3-week 2
Class dates:June 21-July 8, 2022

Residential program dates: The dates listed here are for class times only. If you’re attending the Summer Residential Program, your dates will include move-in and move-out days. See Summer Residential Program dates.

Precollege Studies may offer additional events, such as workshops and college fairs, during your session. See activities.

Final exam/project due:Friday July 08, 9 AM - 12 PM / TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 9 AM - 12 PM / Sibley Hall 115
Mode of instruction:In person
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Ahmad, F. (fta8)
Max. enroll:15

Most of the world’s urban population already resides in the Global South—the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where mega-cities now reach massive proportions. While these cities are often sites of economic and cultural innovation and opportunity - they also pose enormous challenges - including the difficulties of containing diseases such as COVID-19, vastly unequal populations, lack of urban services, poor governance, and issues of environmental sustainability. According to the United Nations, by 2050, around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas, highlighting the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.

The course introduces students to contemporary urbanization processes, patterns, and trends focusing on the cities of the Global South. We study scholarly, journalistic, and film depictions of cities such as Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro in Latin America; Algiers and Lagos in Africa; Cairo and Istanbul in the Middle East; and Beijing and Mumbai in Asia.


Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

New York State students: Learn how to make arrangements to take your Regents Exams at Cornell if necessary.

See Dates & Deadlines.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.