This semester, we will be focusing on the city; through interdisciplinary themes, we will explore various aspects of contemporary metropolises (gentrification, public space, architecture, environment, culture) and put them in historical context. Although many examples and texts will come from the United States, the course will be set in a more global perspective, trying to make sense of what one may call today’s “urban imagination.”


Learning Objectives


As a result of this course, students will:

·      Improve their knowledge of urban studies, while also coming in contact with various cultural productions linked with the city and its representation.

·      Build on their capacity to analyze texts and documents from an interdisciplinary perspective.

·      Improve their level of written and spoken English through interaction with the teacher and among themselves.

·      Acquire rhetorical tools to debate economic, political and cultural issues in English.