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OGLM 2040 - North American Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides students with an introduction to US metropolises, from the nineteenth century to today. We will survey major urban regions and themes that are relevant to GTM's training in contemporary metropolitan governance. The class will be a seminar focused on student presentations and participation. It will also provide key elements for the understanding of urban issues in the United States.


  • AMORETTI, Julien (Professeur agrégé)
  • BOISSEUIL, Clément L. (PhD Candidate, CEE - Sciences Po)
  • ISSAR, Sukriti (Assistant professor OSC, SciencesPo)
  • KIHLGREN GRANDI, Lorenzo (PhD, territories society development)
  • NEDELEC, Pascale (Professeur agrégée)
  • SAWYER, Stephen (Assistant Professor, American University in Paris)
  • WENDELN, Matthew (Researcher, SciencesPo)

Pedagogical format

Seminar (with two introductory lectures) 12 weeks

Course validation

There are four evaluations: 1. Reading response: Your first requirement is to do all the class reading. You will submit a reading response, i.e. a few sentences that will summarize and critically engage with each of our weekly readings. 2. Participation: This class is a seminar. As such it is indispensable that each student participate in a lively class discussion. Reading responses and class participation will represent 25% of students' final grades. 3. Presentation (25% of the final grade): Each student will research a topic based on the week's reading or some related theme and present their findings to the class. The title of the presentation will have to be provided the week previous to the student's intervention. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes if done by a single person, 20-30 minutes if done in pairs. For each presentation, one or two fellow students will play the role of discussant(s), reacting to the presentation and animating a class discussion on the topic. 4. Paper (50% of the final grade): Each student will research a topic pertaining to the course, using solid academic sources, and write a paper of about 4,000 words. Students may work on the topic they presented in our class; in this case the paper must clearly extend their analysis of the topic (new research, an extension of the topic, etc.).


The class will have required weekly readings of around eighty pages.

Required reading

Abbott, Carl. Urban America in the Modern Age: 1920 to the Present. Wheeling, Ill.: Harlan

Additional required reading

  • Chapters of the books mentioned on the syllabus