Current Mini Course and Pop-Up Course Offerings

Current Mini Course: 

Transforming Cities: Cities and Social Justice (PS 1555)

About the course:

Due to economic development and globalization, cities continue to grow with predictions that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by the year 2050. This course, then, will view cities as hubs where patterns, connections, discussions, and the processes shape such issues as social justice, economic development, technology, migration, the environment amongothers. By examining cities as a lens, this sequence of weekend courses encourages students to examine cities as a system for discussing social processes being built and rebuilt. With an interdisciplinary focus, the course invites experts from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and relevant fields more broadly.

This iteration of the course will explore such topics as: the rapid growth of cities and their impact on fair housing, gentrification, and poverty; the role of human rights cities as models; the role of migration on cities; the role of governance addressing inequality; the need to have access to health care; among others.

The course will occur on Friday, October 22nd, Saturday, October 23rd, and Sunday, October 24th. Engagement in the course should be synchronous; accommodations for those in significant time zone differences will be provided to allow enrollment and completion of all elements of the weekend. A pre-course video review of the major course assignment will need to be completed prior to the course starting. One-credit for Pitt students / 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each iteration of the mini-course.

  • Read more about the course, featured speakers, and schedule here.

  • Register for the mini course here.

  • View and download the mini course flyer here.

Current Pop-Up Course: 

Human Rights: Cities (PS 1556)


About the course:

Cities are terrains of social and political contestation. It is projected that 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and cities are major engines of both economic growth and socio-economic inequality. They are central nodes in networks of translocal and transnational migration, including immigration, gentrification, and trafficking; they are at the forefront of efforts to adapt to anthropogenic climate change and address environmental injustices; they are, increasingly, arenas in which people mobilize to demand human rights to food, water, health, housing, education, and more. In this one-credit pop-up course, students will study cities around the world as sites where contemporary struggles for social justice and human dignity unfold.

This pop-up course will occur every Thursday from 4:30-5:45pm and is a drop-in program. No registration required. If you plan to attend all sessions of the course and would like credit (1-credit) please enroll through PeopleSoft. The course number is PS 1556. 


  • Read more about the course here.

  • View and download the pop-up course flyer here.