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Unit information: Global Cities (Level H Lecture Response Unit) in 2015/16

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Unit name Global Cities (Level H Lecture Response Unit)
Unit code HIST30034
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Hanna
Open unit status Open




School/department Department of History (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Cities are places where the world connects. In this unit we examine cities as sites of exchange in a globalising world, from the port-cities of the early modern era to the futuristic "World Cities" of the contemporary age. Ranging widely across cities in Europe, America, and Asia, we ask how colonial encounters shaped the emergence of the modern city, from architecture and urban planning to intellectual and social life. We consider the way urban spaces have been transformed by the influx of migrants and capital, and investigate the sites of urban sociability from literary salons and entertainment parks to red-light districts and migrant enclaves. The class is taught through thematic mini-lectures followed by case studies presented by the students as well as seminar discussions. The unit introduces students to new themes in global, cultural, and social history, while allowing students to specialise in the histories of particular cities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have developed: (1) a wide understanding of the development of global cities since the early modern era; (2) the ability to analyse and generalise about how global cities developed and the factors that shaped them as unique and urban spaces; (3) the ability to select pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate more general issues and arguments; (4) the ability to derive benefit from, and contribute effectively to, large group discussion; (5) the ability to identify a particular academic interpretation, evaluate it critically, and form an individual viewpoint.

Teaching Information

1 x 2-hour interactive lecture per week.

Assessment Information

One summative coursework essay of 3000 words (50%) and one unseen examination of two hours (50%). Both elements will assess ILOs 1-3, and 5.

Reading and References

C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World (2004) C.A. Bayly and Leila Fawaz, Modernity & Culture: From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (2002) Thomas Metcalf, Imperial Vision: Architecture in the British Raj (1992) Scot Barmé, Woman, Man, Bangkok: Love, Sex, and Popular Culture in Thailand (2002) James Warren, Rickshaw Coolie: a people's history of Singapore, 1880-1940 (2003) Meng Yue, Shanghai and the Edges of Empire (2006)