California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
   Department of Urban and Regional Planning
   URP 475--Cities in a Global Economy
   Spring 2011
Dr. Gwen Urey, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
email: and phone: (909) 869-2725
Office hours: Monday, 7:30 am - 8 am, Tuesday: 1-3:45, Wednesday: 1:00-2:45 pm in 7-204

  1. CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Major issues confronting planners working in developing nations. Introduces theory and practice of development planning. Explores spatial, cultural and economic factors associated with major problems and examines development appropriate policies and programs. Study of alternative approaches for achieving developmental aims. 4 lecture/discussions. Meets General Education Synthesis course for Area D: Social Sciences.

  2. REQUIRED BACKGROUND OR EXPERIENCE:  Completion of all lower division courses in Areas A and D or upper division standing or graduate standing for URP majors. This is an online course; students must have uninhibited access to a computer with internet access, and know how to use it.

  3. EXPECTED OUTCOMES: On completion of this course, students should:
    1. Have developed knowledge of the varieties of urban experience around the world that includes issues and conditions faced by planners in developing countries.
    2. Be able to apply theoretical frameworks from economics (e.g. theories of markets, political economy theories), sociology (e.g. theories of order and disorder in cities) and anthropology (theories of indigenous cultures and urban adaptation) to understanding urban dynamics in different settings around the world.
    3. Be able to compare the suitability of various theoretical frameworks to enhancing understanding of urban dynamics in different settings around the world.
    4. Be able to use library and internet resources to investigate deeply a social science issue.

    1. Timely submission of all individual assignments. Late assignments will lose 10 percent of credit for each business day they are late.
    2. Timely, meaningful participation in assigned discussions of course readings and other materials. No credit will be awarded for late entries to discussions.

  5. WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS will include :
    1. Short reaction papers in response to assigned readings, discussions, and other course material.
    2. Participation in on-line discussions (thus using the medium of writing).
    3. An individual research paper on a topic approved by the instructor.

  6. EXAMINATIONS there will be no exams, but there will be weekly quizzes.

  7. READINGS: See Schedule of Activities part of syllabus and "Week by week" part of Bb page

    20 % Online quizzes on readings (8 x 2.25@)
    30 % Short reaction papers (3 x 10@)
    25 % Participation in online discussions (5 graded discussions @5)
    25 % Research paper (proposal=2 points, annotated bibliography=3 points, draft=15 points, final =5 points)

    Be aware of University guidelines regarding academic integrity ("Policies and Regulations" section of the 2009-11 University Catalog, especially pages 56-57): All forms of academic dishonesty at Cal Poly are a violation of University policy and will be considered a serious offense. That is, violations will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and will result in failing grades on the assignment in question. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:
    1. "Plagiarism, falsification, fabrication is intentionally or knowingly presenting words, ideas or work of others as one’s own work.. . . .
    2. Cheating during exams. . .
    3. Use of unauthorized study aids . . .
    4. Falsifying any University document--this includes . . .falsifying prerequisite requirements."

    Students with special needs of which the instructor should be aware should advise the instructor as soon as possible.

  11. COURSE OUTLINE: Schedule of activities

  1. Topic and reading*

Quiz & Writing assignments
28 Mar-
3 April

Introduction and background
- UN Habitat (2008). "Overview and Key findings (pp. viii-xx)," and "Part I Urban Trends: section 1.1 and 1.2 (pp1-29)," The 2010/11 State of the World's Cities Report, "Bridging the Urban Divide."

Luck of birth exercise begins (Bb discussion #1)

Take practice quiz by 3 April, 6 p.m. (Bb)

Reaction paper 1 out
take quiz 1 by 3 April, end of day
Research paper assignment out
4-10 April

Historical context: colonial legacy
- Stephen Hymer (1971), "Robinson Crusoe and the Secret of Primitive Accumulation," Monthly Review (September), 11-36.
- Lucile Brockway (1979), "Science and Colonial Expansion: The Role of the British Royal Botanic Gardens," American Ethnologist 6 (3), 449-465.
-Amy Chua (2004),6th Annual Grotius Lecture," Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (American Society of International Law), 98, (March 31-April 3), 1-6.

Discussion #1 due dates:
end of day 4 and 8 April
take quiz 2 by 10 April, end of day
Research paper proposal due 8 April, end of day
11-17 April

Migration and Diaspora
- Mary Johnson Osirim (2008), "African Women in the New Diaspora: Transnationalism and the (Re) Creation of Home," African and Asian Studies 7 (4), 367-394.
- Khalid Koser (2010), "Introduction:International Migration and Global Governance," Global Governance 16, 301–315.

Migration discussion begins (Bb discussion #2)

take quiz 3 by 17 April, end of day
Reaction paper 1 due 15 April, end of day
Reaction paper 2 out
18- 24 April

Environmental "globalization"
-Klaus Dingwerth and Margot Eichinger (2010), "Tamed Transparency: How Information Disclosure under the Global Reporting Initiative Fails to Empower," Global Environmental Politics 10 (3), 74-96.
-Daanish Mustafa and Philip ReederR(2009), "Water supply privatization and social justice in Belize City," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33 (3), 789-808.
Discussion #2 due dates:
end of day 18 and 22 April
take quiz 4 by 24 April, end of day
Research paper annotated bibliography due 22 April, end of day

25 April-
1 May

Economic globalization
- Paola Subacchi (2008), "New power centres and new power
brokers:are they shaping a new economic order?" International Affairs 84 (3), 485–498.
- John H. Jackson (2008), "The case of the World Trade
Organization," International Affairs 84 (3), 437–454.

Environment/Economic discussion begins (Bb discussion #3)

take quiz 5 by 1 May, end of day
2-8 May

African experiences

-Fatima Sadiqi (2008), "Facing Challenges and Pioneering Feminist and Gender Studies: Women in Post-colonial and Today's Maghrib," African and Asian Studies 7 (4), 447-470.
-UN Habitat (2010). "Chapter 1: The State of African Cities," The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets, 16-57.

Discussion #3 due dates:
end of day 2 and 6 May
take quiz 6 by 8 May, end of day
Reaction paper 2 due 6 May
Reaction paper 3 out

9-15 May

Latin American urban experiences--built environment/social environment
-Tanya K. Hernandez (2007), "Roots of Latino/black anger: Longtime prejudices, not economic rivalry, fuel tensions," Los Angeles Times (7 Jan).
-R. Martinez, & C. de la Torre (2011). "Latin America's subtle racism: Salient managerial implications for non-latin american managers," Journal of Diversity Management 6, 21-27 (don't worry about the annex).
-Emily Hahn (1960), "Man Decides where," New Yorker (12 March).
Paul Goldberger (1999), "Far Out," New Yorker (8 March).

TBA discussion begins (Bb discussion #4)

take quiz 7 by 15 May, end of day
16-22 May

  • Asian urban experiences--striving for environmental and cultural sustainability in cities of the most populous continent.
  • -Bo-Jie, Fu et al. (2010). "Three Gorges Project: Efforts and challenges for the environment," Progress in Physical Geography, 34 (6), 741-754.
  • -Joshua Hammer (2010), "Demolishing Kashgar's History," Smithsonian 40 (March, issue 12).
  • -Gang (Kevin) Hana and Ai Zhang (2009), "Starbucks is forbidden in the Forbidden City: Blog, circuit of culture and informal public relations campaign in China," Public Relations Review 35, 395-401.
  • -Andrew Yang (2009). "Barbie's Dream House," Interior Design 80 (no. 4, April), 192-201.
  • -Pengfei Ni (2011),"Cities as the new engine for Sino-Indian cooperation," Journal of International Affairs 64 (No. 2, Spring/Summer), 143-152.
Discussion #4 due dates:
end of day 16 and 20 May
no quiz this week
Draft of research paper due 20 May, end of day
23-29 May

Culture discussion

begins (Bb discussion #5)

take quiz 8 by 1 June, end of day (note this falls in the 10th week--observing the Memorial Day Holiday)
Reaction paper 3 due 27 May, end of day
30 May-
5 June

Challenges in an urbanizing world Discussion #5 due dates:
end of day 31 May and 3 June
Final research papers due Friday, 3 June, end of day

6-10 June