Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to describe and explain the importance of cities and urbanization on human development in past and present. Students will be able to see the relevance of, and apply, a comparative perspective. Moreover, students will have acquired basic knowledge of how to interpret, present, and analyze quantitative data for historical research.
Please note: This course is exclusively intended for students of the History track in English and for exchange students. You will be assigned to a seminar group by the degree programme.|
Urbanisation is one of the most fundamental changes in the history of humanity and one with huge consequences for the social, cultural, political and economic circumstances in which people lived. The history of the city therefore is closely tied up with important scientific questions: How did cities come to be and why? What does the history of the city teach us about societal organization? And what impact do cities have on their residents?
In this course we learn how to formulate questions that teach us more about the mutual influences between cities/urbanization and human development in the broadest sense, and we will work with qualitative, but especially and quantitative data to answer these questions. Various themes will be explored, ranging from the city and social inequality, and the city as a creative environment, to cities as the centre of economic activity.