GY438 Half Unit
Cities and Social Change in East Asia
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Prof 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 International and Asian History, MSc in Local Economic Development, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, 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:
- the political economy of urbanisation;
- the politics of land;
- global gentrifications;
- displacement and dispossession;
- cities of spectacle and mega-events;
- urban social movements
Students will also have opportunities to view and discuss various sources of audiovisual materials and documentaries related to these themes.
In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.
This course is delivered through a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures across Lent Term.
This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.
Students are expected to complete one essay plan for their assessed essay and blog.
Chen, Y.-L. and Shin, H.B. (eds.) Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia. Palgrave Macmillan;
Chua, B.H. (2017) Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore. Cornell University Press;
Doucette, J., and Park, B.-G. (2019) Developmentalist Cities? Interrogating Urban Developmentalism in East Asia. Brill;
Haila, A. (2016) Urban Land Rents: Singapore as a Property State. Wiley Blackwell;
Lees, L., Shin, H.B. and Lopez-Morales, E. (2016) Planetary Gentrification. Polity Press;
Roy, A. and Ong, A. (eds.) (2011) Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global. Blackwell;
Wu, F. (2015) Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China. Routledge
Abbas, A. (1997) Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance, University of Minnesota Press;
Allen, J.R. 2012) Taipei: City of Displacements, University of Washington Press;
Forrest, R., Koh, S.Y. and Wissink, B. (eds.) (2017) Cities and the Super-rich: Real Estate, Elie Practices and Urban Political Economies. Palgrave Macmillan;
Glassman, J. (2018) Drums of War, Drums of Development: the Formation of a Pacific Ruling Class and Industrial Transformation in East and Southeast Asia, 1945-1980. Brill Press;
Harvey, D. (2016) The Ways of the World. Profile Books;
Labbé, D. (2014) Land Politics and Livelihoods on the Margins of Hanoi, 1920-2010. UBC Press;
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;
Hsing, Y-t. (2010) The Great Urban Transformation. Oxford University Press;
Seng, L.K. (2013) Squatters into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore. NUS Press;
Simone, A. (2014) Jakarta: Drawing the City Near. University of Minnesota Press;
Smart, A. (2006) The Shek Kip Mei Myth: Squatters, Fires and Colonial Rule in Hong Kong, 1950-1963. Hong Kong University Press;
Sorensen, A. (2002) The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty-first Century. Routledge/Curzon
Coursework (30%, 1500 words) and essay (60%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Class participation (10%) in the LT.
Coursework (30%) refers to a blog piece. Students are to submit regular reading responses via Moodle as part of class participation. Further details will be included in the course guide.
Student performance results
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2019/20: 39
Average class size 2019/20: 20
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Specialist skills