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
Cities, Climate and Migration
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Oct 14, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Distance Learning
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
NSSR Non-Credit Tuition non-credit $575.00
NSSR Non-Credit Tuition- FACULTY/STAFF WAIVER2021/ non-credit $575.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 17, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 14, 2021
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