Prerequisite: PSCI 203. (Second semester—even years/3 credits)
This course examines the politics of urban areas. We will first examine them theoretically and consider some of the classical explanations used to explain how they are governed. The course also examines cities historically—how they developed and how the evolving global economy and political climate has led to current trends such as urban sprawl and a growth imperative. Particular consideration is paid to the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in U.S. cities and the growing inequalities that are based on race, gender and class.