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KGLM 2065 - Housing and Land in the Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Global cities have historically been marked by housing shortages, speculative real estate, and high inequality. Yet despite facing similar challenges, cities are influenced by politics, culture, and history to manage housing and land markets in diverse ways. The objective of the course is to analyze urban housing and land markets within their social, political and institutional (legal) context and to equip students with the conceptual tools to analyze urban policy. The course uses foundational texts, recent research, and real-world cases of housing and land policy in large metropolises in comparative perspective.


ISSAR, Sukriti (Assistant professor OSC, SciencesPo)

Pedagogical format

12 sessions of 2 hours ; lectures, discussion, student presentations.

Course validation

Students will write 3 one-page reflection papers in any 3 weeks of their choice (15%). In week 4, students will write a one-page proposal for their final paper (10%). In week 7, students will submit a 5 page first draft (25%) of the 10-page final paper (40%; 4000-5000 words). Class participation forms the final part of assessment (10%). Final paper; students are encouraged to select a housing and land related policy issue, in a specific city, and drawing on some empirical data. For example, students could consider replicating or extending one of the class readings in a new, comparative context. The data could include newspaper reports, policy briefs, quantitative data, census data, and so on. Students will submit a proposal and a first draft of the paper enabling them to revise and improve on the final paper in each step. The three submissions for the final paper allow for us to have a lively discussion and provide constructive feedback on other's projects. Students are encouraged to draw on their thesis or professional dissertation topic; the final submission must however be unique to this class and not duplicated elsewhere. For any assistance with disability, please contact me directly.


The class is focused on discussion of key themes and debates from the readings, and student participation is central. The class comprises of lectures, discussion, and weekly student presentations on readings. The readings have been selected to connect with each other in interesting ways – as critiques, extensions, offering competing or interdisciplinary perspectives; students are encouraged to juxtapose readings and look for connections.

Required reading

Readings will be outlined in the syllabus