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Course Name
Turkish Comparative Studies of Urban Planning [Kentsel Planlamada Karşılaştırmalı Çalışmalar]
English Comparative Studies of Urban Planning
Course Code
SBP 427E Credit Lecture
Semester 7
3 3 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Zeynep Günay
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to provide students a better understanding on the international urbanisation agenda through the exploration of regional perspectives worldwide. It is designed to increase students’ knowledge on various patterns of urbanisation, to give students an understanding of the evolution process of different urban systems in the world, and to present a comparative evaluation of development and urbanisation trends and threats in various world regions and cities by relating them with up-to-date political, economic, technological and socio-economic inferences.
Course Description The course is based on a series of thematic sessions on the comparative studies of urban planning trends and threats. Each thematic session is designed under five key themes to critically analyse: Development and urbanisation trends, evolution of urban systems and patterns of urbanisation, internal structures of world’s major urban regions, distinctive characteristics of major cities and their urbanisation, urban challenges. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of case studies to illustrate regional perspectives of planning approaches and development outcomes at different spatial scales including North America, Oceania, Europe, Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South and East Asia. These regional perspectives are assessed to draw a broader understanding of urbanisation in responding to key urban challenges of development pressures, urban inequalities, socio-spatial segregation based on race, ethnicity and income, environmental degradation, management of change, and planning in the age of conflict and wars.
Course Outcomes On completion of the course, students will be expected to be able to attain knowledge / skills / values on:
1. Developing collective, critical and analytical understanding on international urban development and planning agenda in social, economic, cultural and political context.
2. Acquiring knowledge on distinctive local and regional patterns and dynamics effective in the evolution of cities and urban and planning histories in different world regions.
3. Broadening knowledge and the ability to analytically assess the scope and impact of urban development and planning challenges defined by interchanging socio-political conjuncture and that of creative responses.
4. Acquiring knowledge and developing skills on creative narrative building and methodologies in reading, analysing and interpreting in research design on comparative studies.
5. Understanding different values affecting local and regional urbanization perspectives including social justice and tolerance, citizenship, freedom, democracy, equity, sustainability, etc.
Pre-requisite(s) n/A
Required Facilities n/A
Other n/A
Textbook n/A
Other References Brenner, N., Theodore, N. (2002). Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe. Oxford: Blackwell.
Davis, M. (2006). Planet of Slums. London: Verso.
Harvey, D. (2012). Rebel Cities. London: Verso.
Marcuse, P., Van Kempen, R. (2000). Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order? Oxford: Blackwell.
Mumford, L. (1966). The City in History. Oxford: Pelican.
Watson, S., Gibson, K. (1995). (Eds). Postmodern Cities and Spaces. Oxford: Blackwell.
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