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Course Description

The objective of the course is to offer a global perspective on the phenomenon of climate-induced migration towards cities, and its effect on human mobility and urbanization patterns. The course will review research at the intersection of environmental, migration and urban studies drawing from a variety of sources from different disciplines (academia, arts, journalism). It will discuss the role of cities in responding to climate-related challenges and for welcoming, accommodating and integrating new migrants. Particular focus will be given to the experiences of environmental marginality attributed to a lack of recognition of citizenship rights and the responses occurring through informal and organized livelihood strategies.

Course Outline

Week One:

  • Introduction
  • Mobility in the Age of Anthropocene

 

Week Two:

  • Environmental Change and Mobility: Concepts, Evidence and Myths

 

Week Three:

  • Climate as a Driver of Urbanization: Cities as Places of Arrival

 

Week Four:

  • Discussion Case: Lagos Case Study

 

Week Five:

  • Resilient Communities, Governance and Adaptations for the Mobile and the Poor Migration, Cities and Climate: Contested Politics

 

Week Six:

  • Cities in the Global Governance of Environmental Migration Future Challenges and Opportunities

Learner Outcomes

  • Gain familiarity with migration drivers and particularly with the concept of environmental migration to cities
  • Develop an understanding of urbanization patterns under climate change, and explore the role of cities as integrated systems and areas of refuge and vulnerability
  • Practice reading, interpreting, analyzing and critiquing theoretical concepts and evidence relating to contemporary climate migration trends
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically and problematize questions of environmental mobility in different urban contexts
  • Practice case study analysis from experiences of different regions, cities and neighborhoods

Additional Information

Course materials will be made available on Thursdays, beginning October 14, 2021. Registered students are asked to participate in weekly virtual discussions. The sessions will be held on Thursdays from 10:00-11:30am EST, beginning on October 21, 2021.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Environmental Mobility
Type
Online
Dates
Jan 09, 2023 to Jan 22, 2023
Type
Discussion
Days
F
Time
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Jan 13, 2023 to Jan 20, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
4.0
Location
  • Distance Learning
Course Fee(s)
NSSR Non-Credit Tuition non-credit $575.00
NSSR Non-Credit Tuition- FACULTY/STAFF WAIVER2021/ non-credit $575.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jan 09, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 02, 2023
Section Notes

This class meets asynchronously and synchronously as follows:

  • Monday/Tuesday - recorded lectures are released
  • Wednesday/Thursday - Discussion Question are released
  • Friday - Live Discussion (synchronous) – 10:00am-12:00pm ET
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