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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 2461
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
It has been nearly five decades since Ruth Glass initially coined the term gentrification, yet the concept has become the leitmotif of urban change, as well as one of the most hotly debated and researched topics within urban studies. This process of 'social upgrading' of neighborhoods seems to have proliferated to cities around the globe with widely different histories, policy contexts, and levels of development. Through exploring gentrification in New York, Chicago, London, Seoul, Istanbul, Sydney and other cities around the world, this course will examine how gentrification has transformed from the process first identified by Glass to what has been more recently described as a "global urban strategy", discussing the diverse contexts, drivers and outcomes of gentrification. The course is aimed at teasing out the historical and geographic specificity of various gentrification processes and tracing the changing forms and processes that have emerged. Topics explored will include gentrification and "creative cities", gentrification as an extension of urban policy and new-build gentrification--among others. Students will be required to write regular reflection papers as well as working on more substantial midterm and final projects.
Open to Undergraduate students.