This course will focus on urbanization processes in the Global South, with a specific focus on Sub-Sahara Africa. The aim is to provide students with knowledge of how urbanization plays out there. A multiplicity of contemporary issues related to this process will be discussed. Particular topics of interest are in-migration, livelihoods, planning, slums and land tenure. Attention is then turned towards the urban-rural distinction, the political city, boom towns. Exploring such topics, the students should reflect on how urban theory generally developed to explain urbanization in the Global North is challenged, supported by, or made redundant by urbanization process in the Global South. We will also look at theorist on urbanization from the Global South. Student suggestions for readings etc are encouraged. To support the learning the students will be asked to write an essay based upon a freely chosen topic. The essay is to be written individually. The last part of the course is devoted to topics driven by student interests, individual supervision and the writing of the essay.
This course is ideal for students interested in urban developments. Because many of the topics such as migration, livelihoods and development are an integral part of the course, students with a general interest in such topics will also benefit from taking the course. The course take some knowledge of human geography, social anthropology, development studies, Africa studies or other social science disciplines for granted and as such it target students coming from and wanting to specialize within these fields. The course will also require the students to read texts and be taught in English. A certain level of knowledge of English is hence required.