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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 11.949 (Fall 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Cities in Conflict: Theory and Practice 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Urban Studies and Planning 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Diane Davis
    Prof. Roger Petersen 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 11.949 Cities in Conflict: Theory and Practice

    Fall 2003

    Course Highlights

    This course is based on readings, and a full bibliographic list can be found in the readings section. Examples of student papers are offered in the assignments section.

    Course Description

    This course's aims are two-fold:
    1. to offer students the theoretical and practical tools to understand how and why cities become torn by ethnic, religious, racial, nationalist, and/or other forms of identity that end up leading to conflict, violence, inequality, and social injustice; and
    2. to use this knowledge and insight in the search for solutions

    As preparation, students will be required to become familiar with social and political theories of the city and the nation and their relationship to each other. They also will focus on the ways that racial, ethnic, religious, nationalist or other identities grow and manifest themselves in cities or other territorial levels of determination (including the regional or transnational). In the search for remedies, students will be encouraged to consider a variety of policymaking or design points of entry, ranging from the political- institutional (e.g. forms of democratic participation and citizenship) to spatial, infrastructural, and technological interventions.


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