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Global Cities, 7.5 credits


First Cycle

Course description

Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities and the academic interest in cities around the world is growing rapidly. The old metropolises of the world are transforming into Global Cities, and are often assumed to be places for political development, sites of artistic and scientific creativity, and melting pots of ethnic and cultural diversity. Larger cities are competing to become attractive and dynamic centers of regions crossing national borders.

In this course we ask how processes of globalization are related to social, cultural, economic and political transformations in contemporary cities around the world. What are the characteristics of the modern city and are there alternative forms of urban development? In what ways do cities play the role of nodes of transnational networks? What are the prospects for the ecologically and socially sustainable city? We explore the interrelationship between globalization and cities by probing into questions like these and by “visiting” cities in different parts of the world, including Göteborg.

Entrance requirements

Exchange students need an agreement within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students should have at least 60 credits, preferably in the Social Sciences. English language proficiency must be sufficient for course participation.


Exchange students arriving with an agreement within the Faculty of Social Sciences should apply using the webservices. For changes in courses during your studies, contact your departmental coordinator.

Other students should contact their respective departmental coordinator.


7.5 credits


Autumn 2015: December 3rd - January 17th

Autumn 2014: December 5th - January 18th


Full time (100%)

Course code


Main field of studies

Non applicable

Department offering the course

School of Global Studies


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