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 among others. 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.
One-credit for PITT students / 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each iteration of the mini-course.
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.
Friday, October 22, 2021
- 5:00 PM-5:15 PM: Welcome Remarks and Overview of Course
- Session 1 | 5:15 PM-6:30 PM: Small Places, Close to Home: The Challenges and Opportunities of Human Rights Cities with Martha Davis, University Distinguished Professor, School of Law, Northeastern University
- Session 2 | 6:45 PM-8:00 PM: Group Activity Analyzing Pittsburgh and SDG 10 & 11
*Students arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be assigned to a breakout group nor be able to complete the assignment sheet associated with this activity. Please arrive on time to be assigned a group and case study.*
Saturday, October 23, 2021
- Session 3 | 8:30 AM-9:45 AM: The Political Movement for a Human Right to Housing with Joe Hoover, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Queen Mary University of London
- Session 4 | 10:00AM-11:15AM: Clayton Vaughn-Roberson, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University
- LUNCH - 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
- Session 5 | 12:30 PM-1:45 PM: Anu Jain, Executive Director: Gender Equity Commission, City of Pittsburgh
- Session 6 | 2:00 PM-3:15 PM: The Role of Physical Infrastructure on Inequality with Daniel Armanios, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
- Session 7 | 3:30 PM-5:00 PM: Group Activity: Comparing Analyses of PIttsburgh and SDG 10 & 11
* Students arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be assigned to a breakout group nor be able to complete the assignment sheet associated with this activity. Please arrive on time to be assigned a group and case study.*
Sunday, October 24, 2021
- Session 8 | 8:30 AM-9:30 AM: Comparing Disciplines and Perspectives
*Pre-Session Work: Prior to this session, you should have finalized your city and SDG 10 or 11 target. If you haven’t, this worksheet will be very difficult to complete. You should be using the Part 2 sessions of the speaker worksheets to complete this as well.*
- Session 9 | 9:45 AM-11:45 AM: Practicing Community Discussions on Inclusive Approaches: A Case Study Activity
*Note: Students arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be assigned to a breakout group nor be able to complete the assignment sheet associated with this activity. Please arrive on time to be assigned a group and case study.*
- Session 10 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Workshopping Your Global City Analysis Paper
*Pre-Class Work: Prior to the Sunday morning session, students should have selected a city from the provided list and brainstormed a social justice issue related to a selected target from SDG 10 or 11. This brainstorm should be developing further in the Part 3 portion of the Speaker Session worksheets. Students will need to do a small amount of research on the selected city and social justice issues they’ve brainstormed. Without this work, this assignment is going to be very difficult to complete.*
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center