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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37550 T
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

This course surveys the urbanization process, focussing on less developed countries, but taking into account historical and contemporary process in the developed world. Themes will include the comparative analysis of historical patterns of urbanization, particularly rural-urban migration and its causes, ecological perspectives on the issues of housing and socio-spatial segregation. We will also look at the spatial dimensions of urban labor markets and access to social services, such as health, education and welfare services. While students are expected to develop a broad comparative perspective, they will also be encouraged to specialize in a world region and country. The course grade will be based on weekly reports on the readings and on a final paper. The weekly reports will be a based on the listed weekly seminar readings and on one readings of the student's choice. The final paper will be a research report based on students using the perspectives learned in the course to analyze comparatively a specific pattern of urbanization (such as urban socio-spatial segregation, urban stratification and inequality, migration, the evolution of labor market etc.). As part of the requirement of the course, students will be expected to select after the first meeting, a country(ies) and region in which they will specialize. Thereafter, each student will be expected to read an article/obtain statistics on that country for the theme of each week's seminar. Organization of the Seminar September 2nd: Introduction and Organization of the Course 9th: The Study of Urbanization and the Stages of Urbanization 16th: Economic Development, Industrialization and Urbanization 23rd: Internal Migrations and Development. Rural-Urban. Urban-Urban 30th: International Migrations. October 7th: The Ecological Perspective. The Organization of Urban Space in the Industrial World 14th: Urban Systems in Developing Countries the issue of Urban Primacy 21th: Globalization and the City 28th: Economic Change and labor Markets. the formal and informal economies. November 4th: The Changing Patterns of Stratification and Mobility in the Large Metropolis 11th: Trends in Urban Spatial Segregation 18th: Poverty and Inequality 25th: Neighborhood organization and urban Social Movements. December 2nd: The Question of Governance


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