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OGLM 3030 - Integrated Urban Development and Planning

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


Students enrolled in the Masters Programme on Governing the Large Metropolis who are passionate about understanding the tenuous politics of urban planning practice.

Course Description

Liberalisation of the world economy, through the latter part of 20th Century, ushered not only decentralization and empowerment of cities but also increased participation of non-state actors in urban governance, including urban planning. Policy and planning practice is now characterized by tenuous relations between several state and non-state actors that constitute the urban terrain. This module exposes students to the politics of multiple perspectives on urban planning, emerging from state, private sector, international finance institutions and the civil society. Four sessions aim to generate deliberations on most recent urban planning practices. These include examining decentralization of urban planning (Sydney, San Francisco), National impetus for urban development (Shanghai), the influence of the global data infrastructure industry on enabling resilient cities (cities in Vietnam, Indonesia), understanding integrated capital investment planning (Johannesburg) and perverse policy instruments as political instruments (Mumbai). Each session will be accompanied by hands on exercises.


RAJAGOPAL, Champaka (Consultant, Senior Urban Planning Expert, City Planning Labs, Indonesia)

Pedagogical format

The module includes four sessions. The module utilises a hybrid pedagogy involving both class room research and peer to peer learning through formation of ‘hives' or a ‘studio approach' which requires students to present their work in class and engage with one another.

Course validation

assessment in the final average grade (minimum of two assessments). A) Each of the four sessions will include classroom exercises involving identification of policy problem and possible modes of intervention. This will form 10% of the total evaluation. B) In addition, students are expected to submit one group assignment comprising the following: a) A group presentation. b) A group essay (maximum 2000 words). Students will evaluated for group work on both assignments.


For every 1 academic credit, each student is required to engage in own research for no more than 12 hours, including interaction with faculty supervisor. Additional requested information: Individual students are required to spend no more than a total of 6 hours each for the take home assignment.

Required reading

  • Benjamin, Solly, (2008), Occupancy Urbanism: Radicalizing Politics and Economy Beyond Policy and Programs, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 32.3 September 2008 719–29
  • Heller, P & Evans, P, (2010), Taking Tilly South: Durable Inequalities, Democratic Contestation, and Citizenship in the Southern Metropolis, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Harriss, Nigel, (2014), From Master Plans to City Development Strategies, DPU60 Working Paper Series: Reflections NO. 162/60

Additional required reading

BRIFFAULT, Richard, (2000), Localism and Regionalism, Buffalo Law Review