Capital Cities
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 3892
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course will examine the ways that economic practices shape cities and city life. We will pay particular attention to the flows of capital entering cities through processes of remittances, transnational financial practices and institutions, global trade, tourism, architecture and labor. A basic premise of the course is that capital shifts forms, meanings and social and economic values as it travels. Additionally, different subjects (migrants, banks, global elite) enact capital practices in connecting and divergent streams. Potential topics we will explore include: diasporic groups and remittances, transnational finance (banks, off shore economies, etc), cities in BRIC nations, labor flows, the architecture of privatization, and “peripheral” cities in which are positioned outside dominant global capital flows. We will read scholarly works, fiction, advertisements, among other materials.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.