Slums and Urban Development
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5354
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • International Affairs
  • Cities & Urbanization
The course reviews the literature and processes involved with slum formation and their persistence in cities in developing countries. It makes use of studies, guest lecturers, and film to gain an understanding of the dimension and circumstances that characterize these locations in cities across the globe and the policies and factors that both contribute to their existence and improve their circumstances. Particular attention will be paid to the efforts of community based organizations and their associated networks in dealing with the host of problems posed by living in slums. Emphasis will also be given to the underlying economics of slums and the policies and the collective actions which are taken by those living there. It will be run in a seminar format with students preparing papers and discussing both case studies, and historical and theoretical analyses of slums.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions