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KAFP 3950 - Public policies and inclusive cities

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is an introduction to social challenges in an increasingly urban world. It addresses social problems and urban policies in cities. The first part (4 sessions) presents the overall framework (social affairs in an urbanizing world) as well as the different topics that will be discussed. 8 sessions will be dedicated to specific issues such as: homelessness, slums, attractiveness, public toilets, child in the city. The goal of the course is to describe and analyse the connections between urban social problems and urban policies at various scales (the world, the European Union, France, Paris). As a result, students will be given an opportunity to better know public policy-making, public policy analysis and, above all, public policy realities.


  • CASEAU, Anne-Cécile L. (Doctorante)
  • ZOUHEIR, Sarah (.)

Pedagogical format

One two-hour lecture per week for 12 weeks. Students are required to prepare questions given in advance. Some will be asked to give a short presentation. Several sessions will have a different organization: experts and policy officers (from the OECD, the city of Paris, charities) will come and discuss the topic of the day (homelessness, housing policies, attractiveness, child policy).

Course validation

Participation to discussion will be taken into account (10% of the grade). The exam has two components. A book review (1200 words) or a presentation during one of the session. Worth 40% of the final grade. (2) An essay (1200 words) concerning one aspect of the course. Due on the last day of class. Worth 50% of the final grade.


There will be one or two required reading before each session of the course (circa 30 pages). Documents are to be found on the website of the class at

Required reading

Edward Glaeser, Triumph Of The city. How our Greatest Invention Make Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, New York, Penguin Press, 2011