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Global Cities: Paris and London

A six-week summer programme in two extraordinary cities

Dates: 24 June – 3 August 2018
Credits: 6 US (30 UK)
Level: US 2nd/3rd year (5 UK) 
Fees: £5,560 (early bird fee, including 10% academic fee discount) / £5,880 (full fee)
Academic lead: Dr Olivia Sheringham
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Course overview

In the nineteenth century London and Paris became the first modern cities to have more than a million inhabitants. The density and diversity of their populations, the dynamism of their economies, and their extraordinary social, cultural and governmental institutions established them as key nodes in an increasingly interconnected world. Today we live in an age of cities, yet London and Paris retain their place as global leaders in international business and finance, arts and culture, scientific and academic research, tourism and education.

This intensive six-week programme - which is part of the QMUL Summer School - provides students with a creative intellectual immersion into the heart of London and Paris. It uses each city as a classroom and laboratory for investigating a range of continuities and changes, problems and potentials across the urban fabric. It introduces students to key concepts and intellectual debates connected to urban inequality and economic growth, globalization, post-colonialism, urban politics and cultures of public space. The programme curriculum is rooted in the social sciences and will be relevant to those studying sociology, economics, history, geography, political science, community studies, global studies and urban studies. It will also appeal to those in the arts and humanities, communications and business, and anyone interested in the dynamics of urbanization.

The course has been developed by the world-leading research and teaching expertise of Queen Mary University of London and the University of London Institute in Paris. Led by academic staff from both universities, it draws upon the unique local knowledge and insights of academic researchers working in collaboration with institutions, community groups and organizations across both cities. The course is supported by ACCENT International, a leading provider of study abroad programmes across the world.

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