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OGLM 2030 - Latin American Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

With more than 80% of its population living in urban areas, Latin America is among the world's most urbanized regions housing several large metropolises. These are complex and dynamic public ction arenas involving numerous state and non-state actors in their making including more autonomous local governments and vigorous citizenries. Yet, they face important challenges and are often portrayed as ungovernable or weakly governed. This introductory course aims at engaging students in a nuanced conversation with the regions' metropolises by looking at some of the major processes and issues shaping and challenging them overtime. Focusing on the twentieth and present centuries, transformations and key processes of urban governance and policymaking are analyzed in themes such as government, democracy and citizenship; poverty and exclusion; urban development, infrastructure and services; irregular settlements and housing policies, violence and insecurity.


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Pedagogical format

12 sessions of 2 hours. The course is a weekly two-hour seminar with time allotted for one or two student presentations per session.

Course validation

Reading responses and class participation (20%). Student presentations (30%). Final paper (50%).


Students should read about eighty pages per week, prepare short reading reflections and participate in class discussions.

Required reading

  • Almandoz, Arturo. 2015. Modernization, Urbanization and Development in Latin America, 1990s-2000s. London: Routledge
  • Fischer, Brodwyn, Bryan McCann and Javier Auyero (eds). 2014. Cities from Scratch. Poverty and Informality in Urban Latin America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press
  • Hernández, Felipe, Peter Kellett, and Lea K. Allen (eds). 2010. Rethinking the Informal City. Critical Perspectives from Latin America. Berghahn Books
  • Rodgers, Dennis, Joe Beall and Ravi Kanbur (eds). 2012. Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century. Towards a Renewed Perspective on the City. Basingstoke, NY: Palgrave Macmillan

Additional required reading

  • Caldeira, P. R. Teresa. 2000. City of Walls. Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press
  • Davis, Diane E. 1994. Urban Leviathan. Mexico City in the Twentieth Century. Philadelphia: Temple University Press
  • Maclean, Kate. 2015. Social Urbanism and the Politics of Violence: The Medellín Miracle. Basingstoke, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Ward, Peter M., Edith R. Jiménez and María Mercedes Di Virgilio. 2015. Housing Policy in Latin American Cities. A New Generation of Strategies and Approaches for 2016 Un-Habitat III. London: Routledge