Summer Timetable

POL379H1S L0101

Topics in Comparative Politics III

Migration, the City, and the Politics of Belonging


As global displacement numbers continue to rise, the last decade has firmly become known as the decade of migration. Along with its effect on the global landscape, one thing is clear: migration is a profoundly urban phenomenon. Regardless of their reasons for moving, the overwhelming majority of migrants today find themselves living in cities. Drawing on literature from political theory, geography, political science, sociology and anthropology, this course brings together debates on urban citizenship, human mobility, local governance, and migrant rights. It aims to advance our understanding of how migrants shape cities, and, simultaneously, cities shape migrants. Beginning with a historical look at how human mobility and the creation of nation-state borders are intertwined, it asks: how is the age of migration changing the notion of borders? How do cities shape the lives of migrants? And, finally, how are migrants (re)shaping notions of citizenship? It draws on theoretical and philosophical work on migrants and cities, placing them in conversation with case studies from around the world.



Format and Requirements

Critical Reflections, Mid-Term, Essay, Final Exam, Class Participation