MSc Environmental Governance / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Critical Issues in Urban Inequality
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Global Development Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
PART 1: Introduction
1) Introduction: Global overview of economic dimensions and associated concepts, frameworks and approaches
2) Introduction: Global overview of social dimensions and associated concepts, frameworks and approaches
PART 2: Causes, consequences, and manifestations of inequality
3) Settlement: land, services and housing
5) Climate Change
PART 3: Responses to inequality
8) Individual and household responses: patron-client relationships and the limitations of household agency
9) Institutionalised responses: social movements and an engagement with the political agencies and systems.
The unit aims to examine the key concepts, frameworks, issues and debates in relations to inequalities in Southern towns and cities. In doing so, the course offers:
- An introduction to the concept of inequality and the dimensions through which inequality is realised and experienced.
- An analysis of the causes of inequality in different dimensions and the responses of different agencies and actors to inequality.
- Through a consideration and analysis of responses to inequality, an understanding as to how it might be addressed.
Students should be able to:
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and Tutorials
Knowledge and understanding
- Students will have a critical understanding of the concept of inequality.
- Be knowledgeable about trends in urban inequality
- Be able to describe and analyse urban inequalities
- Have familiarity with frameworks required to understand different dimensions of inequality
Understand key strategies and mechanisms to address inequality, and whether these are successful
- Critical thinking and reflection
- Evaluation and analysis of different kinds of evidence
An ability to assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and their policy implications
- Information handling and organisational skills
- An ability to develop, articulate and sustain logical, structured and reasoned arguments in written and oral contexts
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Self awareness and an ability to take responsibility for your own learning
- Time management
- Confidence in justifying your arguments in front of others
One essay of 3000 words (100%)
In addition to in-class interactions there will be an opportunity for feedback on a short half-page formative essay proposal, further feedback on an essay outline prior to detailed summative written feedback on the final assessment, via Blackboard.
Environment and Urbanization special issue on City Inequality (8:2, 1996)
Mitlin, D. and D. Satterthwaite, 2012, 'Critical issues in urban inequality', in, D. Mitlin and D. Satterthwaite, Urban Poverty in the Global South: Scale and Nature (p214-278).
Shatkin, G 2007 Global Cities of the South: Emerging perspectives on growth and inequality, Cities 24(1)
Stewart, F. (2001) Horizontal Inequalities: a neglected dimension of development. WIDER 2001 Annual Development Lecture http://www.crise.ox.ac.uk/pubs/workingpaper1.pdf
Urban Age (2009) Cities and Social Equity, Detailed report, available from the Urban Age website http://www.urban-age.net/
Walton, M et al (2008) (eds.) Institutional Pathways to Equity: Addressing Inequality Traps, World Bank, Washington
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|Seth Schindler||Unit coordinator|