POL5501 - Governing the Large Metropolis

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2015/16

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The course aims to qualify the students with a profound understanding of the main issues involved in the government of large metropolis, urban regions and cities in a worldwide and comparative perspective. From the examination of the principal concepts and theoretical approaches, to the analysis of specific cases, the course provides a critical as well as a constructive review of the metropolitan governance. On the one hand, the students should learn the distinction between different socio-spatial scales, local and supra-municipal institutions, global flows, social actors and coalitions, types of planning, local welfare policies and urban changes. On the other hand, both urban politics and the context of socio-spatial inequalities are studied from the standpoint of the local democracy, the empowerment of social movements and diverse political innovations in order to manage the inherent complexity of large metropolis.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Term paper: 60%
Research & Policy proposal: 40%
Detailed Course Information


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