Slums and Urban Development

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Slums and Urban Develop

Fall 2021

Taught By: Maria Carrizosa

Section: A

CRN: 11097

Credits: 3

Today, urban informality is majoritarian. Most workers work informally and live in underserved unplanned neighborhoods. These conjoined facts challenge and elude development practices, urban planning, architecture, anthropology, and mainstream economics. Without a better understanding of urban informality, practitioners, entrepreneurs, policymakers, designers, and thinkers get trapped in romantic or victimizing traditional narratives. Since the concept was first introduced by an anthropologist into the development economics discourse 50 years ago, ideas about informality have evolved much. Now we know that: informality can be measured, that it is not synonymous with poverty and that it does not go away with economic growth. Through texts, films, and guest lectures spanning different disciplines (development, urban planning, economics, history, journalism, architecture), this seminar helps students familiarize themselves with key authors, terms, and arguments in the field of informal urban development. This will enable students to craft a responsible professional attitude of their own. A balanced, nuanced view of this subject is helpful on the ground, but it requires acquaintance with several discussions taking place in the international urban development community. An underlying question of this course is: What does the persistence of urban informality tell us about development, society, and the economy at large?

This course is part of the Conflict & Security concentration and Governance & Rights concentration Development concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:56am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 510

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/7/2021