GY438 Half Unit
Cities and Social Change in East Asia
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Dr Hyun Shin STC. S601f
This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, MBA Exchange, MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Local Economic Development, MSc in Real Estate Economics and Finance, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Social Policy and Development, MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The number of students able to be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator
This is an interdisciplinary urban course that encourages students to develop a critical understanding of how urban space is transformed in diverse social, economic and political settings, and what social implications are made upon the powerless and the poor. Examining the process of socio-spatal transformation in times of condensed urbanisation and economic development, this course makes use of Asia as an empirical site to unsettle Western notions of urban development. Various examples of urban policies and practices will be drawn from cities across East and Southeast Asia, with emphasis on newly industrialised capitalist economies as well as transitional economies such as mainland China.
Focusing on urban questions in particular, the course comprises of lectures and seminars on the following themes:
- political economy of urbanisation;
- the role of the state in urban development;
- urban growth politics;
- land politics and real estate;
- mega-projects and mega-events;
- gentrification and displacement;
- urban contestation;
- economic crisis and inequalities.
Students will also have opportunities to view and discuss various sources of audiovisual materials and documentaries related to these themes.
Course Facebook page: http://goo.gl/k7a22
15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the LT.
One extended reading response (maximum 1,000 words) on which individual feedbacks will be provided.
Harvey, D. (1989) The Urban Experience, Johns Hopkins University Press;
Hsing, Y-t. (2010) The Great Urban Transformation, Oxford University Press;
Lees, L., Shin, H.B. and Lopez-Morales, E. (2016) Planetary Gentrification, Polity Press;
Logan, J.R. and Molotch, H.L. (1987) Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place, University of California Press;
Park, B-G. et al (Eds) (2012) Locating Neoliberalism in East Asia: Neoliberalizing Spaces in Developmental States, Wiley-Blackwell;
Wu, F. (2015) Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China, Routledge
Andrusz, G. et al. (Eds.) (1996) Cities after Socialism, Blackwell;
Forrest, R. and Lee, J. (Eds.) (2003) Housing and Social Change: East-West Perspectives, Routledge;
Harvey, D. (2016) The Ways of the World, Profile Books;
Lees, L., Shin, H.B. and Lopez-Morales, E. (Eds.) (2015) Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement, Policy Press;
Mathews, G. (2011) Ghetto at hte Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong, The University of Chicago Press
Seng, L.K. (2013) Squatters into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore, NUS Press
Smart, A. (2006) The Shek Kip Mei Myth: Squatters, Fires and Colonial Rule in Hong Kong, 1950-1963;
Sorensen, A. (2002) The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty-first Century, Routledge/Curzon
Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 3000 words).
Class participation (15%) in the LT.
Regular reading responses, required to be submitted to Moodle. Further details will be included in the course guide.
Student performance results
(2013/14 - 2014/15 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2016/17: 30
Average class size 2016/17: 15
Controlled access 2016/17: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2013/14 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 96%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)