GEOG20130 Cities in a Global World

Academic Year 2023/2024

By 2050, 70% of the worlds population will live in cities generating multifarious urban challenges. Cities are therefore very important spaces within which complex economic, political, cultural, and environmental processes are produced and experienced. This module will introduce you to urbanization from a global perspective. The objective is to understand contemporary processes of urban change in historical perspective from both the global north and the global south. The module will draw on case studies and examples from South America, North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia to exemplify key themes in urban studies including industrialisation, suburbanisation, global cities, inequality and sustainability.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

by the end of this module, students should be better equipped to
1. Explain the key processes of urbanisation in a historical and contemporary context.
2. Identify and assess the processes that produce, and are produced by, urban areas.
3. Compare and contrast the urban experience in different regions of the world.
4. Undertake independent fieldwork and work collaboratively in a team-based environment.

Indicative Module Content:

Understanding the City - your urban imagination
Early Cities
Industrialisation and urbanisation
Shrinking cities
Global and world city identities
Covid 19 and the city
Planetary urbanisation
Feminist city
Greening the city
Contemporary urban issues - poverty and inequality; housing; sustainability
Urban climate futures
Future city imaginaries

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module comprises a mixture of lectures, fieldwork and group activities. The fieldwork will be in a given area of Dublin city and will examine one of the key themes discussed in lectures. An individual field assignment will be developed based on the fieldwork component. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Fieldwork project, incorporating in-person/virtual fieldwork, tutorial and a final individual report. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: 3,000 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with feedback on their assessments via Brightspace after it has been graded.

Name Role
Professor Niamh Moore Cherry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Dean Phelan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Zikang Ji Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 29 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 29 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 29 Wed 09:00 - 09:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 29 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 29 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 29 Wed 12:00 - 12:50