IHP/Comparative: Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics

Explore how geography, politics, economics, and culture shape social relations and the environment in cities across the globe

offered by SIT Study Abroad

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,a href="http://www.sit.edu/cta" target="_blank">Please visit our website for more information. This itinerary is offered in the fall term. This program combines an innovative urban studies curriculum with fieldwork involving key actors and stakeholders — public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots organizations. You will spend time in four cities across the globe to better understand the interconnected social, physical, economic, environmental, and political systems affecting urban environments. In addition, you will complete an independent comparative research project on a topic of your choosing. Key Questions: Though human needs may be similar around the globe, why does a city's ability to satisfy those needs vary? How do people create a sense of place, of community, of urban identity? What historical and sociocultural contexts frame the opportunities, constraints, and uncertainties of urban life? What must be done — and by whom — to move toward ecologically sustainable cities? What are the opportunities for political action by individuals, community organizations, social movements, and local governments to shape city life?


  • Urban Planning
  • Urban And Regional Planning
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science


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