What We Do

Comparative Urbanization

The fate of cities in the United States is no longer determined solely by events and relationships that transpire within local, state, or federal boundaries. U.S. cities are increasingly dependent upon socio-economic events and trends that take place in urban centers and regions across the globe. We are in an era where consumer tastes or productive capacities in cities such as Shanghai or São Paulo shed light on how we view and address economic activities and social relations within our own metropolises.

  In the increasingly interconnected, globalized world that we live in it is imperative for the planning professional to expand his or her knowledge base to include a global perspective and understanding of cities and their processes.

In this context, the Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) programs at Metropolitan College offer courses on international development and comparative urbanization, in order to educate and train sophisticated city planners and urbanists. Comparative urbanization courses challenge students to replace limiting notions of cities as being “developed” or “underdeveloped” with a more fruitful approach that seeks to identify the commonalities among and across cities of the world.

Current course offerings that address transportation planning include:

Additional courses in comparative urbanization will be offered starting spring 2009.