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Course aims

The Global Cities Summer School aims to: 

  • provide critical understanding of London and Paris as global cities, introducing students to a range of interdisciplinary scholarship on urban life in general, and in London and Paris in particular
  • develop understanding of theoretical perspectives on cities, particularly in relation to questions of social inequality; the political economy of urban change; imperialism, post-colonialism and the built environment; and culture, power and identity
  • enable investigation of a range of issues and themes central to understanding London and Paris and their global characters including: the changing economic role of global cities; inequality and social polarization; neighborhood change and gentrification; the interplay between metropolitan culture and colonial spaces; diversity, difference and urban culture
  • offer opportunities to undertake urban fieldwork, observation and community engagement
  • provide deeper understanding of, and opportunities for critical engagement with, the cities within which students are studying.

Session 1.  Global Paris: History, Politics and Public Space

  • BaseUniversity of London Institute in Paris
  • Teaching dates: 25 June - 13 July 2018
  • Course hours: 45 contact hours
  • Assessment
    • 1000-word written coursework essay (due at the end of the first week) 25%
    • Online exam (in week two) 15%
    • 1500-word coursework exercise (due at the end of second week) 25%
    • Group presentation (with element of student choice in format, in final class session) 25%
    • Participation 10%

Session 2.  Global London: Society, Economy and Culture

  • BaseQueen Mary University of London
  • Teaching dates: 16 July - 3 August 2018
  • Course hours: 45 contact hours
  • Assessment:
    • 1000-word written coursework essay (due at the end of the first week) 25%
    • Online exam (in week two) 15%
    • 1500-word coursework exercise (due at the end of second week) 25%
    • Group presentation (with element of student choice in format, in final class session) 25%
    • Participation 10%

Further study

QMUL and ULIP offer excellent masters programmes, such as the Cities and Cultures MA, London Studies MA, and Urban History and Culture MA. Students who complete the summer school programme will be eligible for the Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award (£1,000 reduction of your postgraduate degree tuition fees).*

*Please check with your home institution to confirm credit equivalents and transfer details.

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