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Course Description

More than ever, cities represent the locus of human mobility. The majority of the world’s migrants and forcibly displaced live in urban areas. Migration continues to be a fundamental process to the development and growth of cities. The role of cities in shaping mobility and that of migrants in shaping cities has been increasingly recognized in policy, academic, and media circles. However, understanding this dialectic relationship requires us to look beyond disciplinary silos, challenge past assumptions, revisit theoretical concepts, and provide new evidence from cities the world over.

The purpose of the course is to offer an interdisciplinary lens on the topic of cities, migration, and mobility. By closely examining city and migrant experiences across the world, students will focus on different aspects of migration, urban governance, contentious politics, and migrant city-making. Throughout the course, students will gain theoretical insights, and analytical skills to be applied in different urban and mobility contexts. The course will bring together scholars, practitioners, and activists from across disciplines to share insights, advance conceptual and empirical findings, and discuss actions that can provide a more holistic view of human mobility in cities today.

Learner Outcomes

  • Gain a familiarity with the history of urbanization as a human mobility process
  • Develop an understanding of the role of migration in the growth and development of cities
  • Understand the role of cities as migration gateways
  • Practice reading and interpreting basic statistics as it relates to contemporary migration trends in urban areas
  • Demonstrate an ability to problematize basic assimilation models
  • Develop an appreciation and respect for the culture and diverse life experiences that immigrants bring to cities

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Cities and Migration
Jan 30, 2023 to Mar 12, 2023
10:00AM to 10:50AM
Feb 02, 2023 to Mar 09, 2023
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 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jan 30, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 23, 2023
Section Notes
Discussions happen on Thursdays at 10:00am ET via zoom. Course will meet virtually, 2/2/2023 - 3/9/2023. All course materials will be delivered online via Canvas. Materials will be made available on 1/30/2023.
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