PP5147 Asian Global Cities
Semester II, 2018-2019
Thursday 2 – 5 PM
Assistant Professor Yu-Min Joo
Office Hours: email for appointment
Li Ka Shing Building, Level 2
AIM OF THE COURSE
In today’s globalization, many of the policy challenges are becoming urban issues, especially in the rapidly urbanizing Asia. This module focuses on examining the new policy challenges and opportunities of Asian global cities that are increasingly strengthening their presence in the world. It studies a number of rising and transforming global cities in the East, Southeast and South Asia, in order to explore their experiences of globalization and urban policy priorities. A number of key urban policy-related topics will be covered, including policy transfers, city branding, mega-events, cultural policies, foreign workers, high-tech cities, and sustainability.
This module is designed to allow students to survey some of the key Asian global (globalizing) cities and urban policy issues. Upon completion of the module, students are expected to: 1) understand the general impact of globalization on cities, 2) identify policy issues in the contextual framework of Asian cities in today’s globalization, and 3) discuss contemporary urban policy issues intelligibly.
The module is aimed primarily at Masters of Public Policy and Masters of Public Administration students but is open to appropriate students from elsewhere in the university.
There is no prerequisite for the course.
MODES OF TEACHING
Classes will begin with a lecture, during which students are invited to ask questions and share insights. After a break, there will be presentations on the Asian global cities assigned to each week, allowing for a more detailed study of the cities. Each presentation will be followed by class discussion, where we will further explore the topics and the Asian global city presented.
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT
In class participation: 20%
Class presentation & discussion question: 30%
Final paper: 40%
In class participation (20%): You are expected to read and think about the assigned readings prior to each class, and to participate actively in class discussions/exercises. I will keep general track of participation. Quality of participation matters, and so you can earn a good participation grade by making insightful comments rather than focusing on quantity. You are strongly encouraged to read the discussion questions (to be emailed by Wednesday 5PM) and prepare some key points to share, before coming to class.
You can also think about how the topic of the week is relevant to other Asian global cities that you are familiar with, other than the ones introduced in the readings.
Class presentation & discussion (30%):
You are required to prepare and give a 20-25 min. in-class presentation, introducing an Asian global (globalizing) city. One or two cities are allocated to each week’s class from Week 4 to Week 12, totaling to 17 cities. At the end of the Week 2 class, you will sign up for your presentation. (One student/city.) The presentation must include the following: 1) a general introduction to the city, including how the city has been impacted by globalization, 2) its notable policy challenges and/or policy successes in addressing globalization, and 3) a discussion question.*
*You should end your presentation with a discussion question that is provocative, coming from a better understanding of the city based on your presentation, and relating to the topic or other key themes discussed in the readings. You are encouraged to think very carefully to make an intriguing question that can lead to an active class debate. Please email the discussion question (together with any necessary explanations or sub-questions) to everyone by Wednesday 5PM.
Final paper/policy paper (50%): Prospectus (10%) + Final paper (40%)
The final paper should focus on a real city in Asia that is being transformed by globalization. A short prospectus for the final paper (about 3-5 double spaced pages) is due in class, Week 9 (March 21). Writing the prospectus is to help you 1) to think about the paper in advance, 2) to start organizing and articulating your main ideas, and 3) to get feedback on some of the key points and directions for your final paper.
The final paper is due on April 26th 5PM (Friday of the reading week). The length of the paper should be 15-20 pages (not counting bibliography and appendices), double spaced, font size 12. Please choose one of the following two options.
Note: Please submit your prospectus and final paper through IVLE. Late submissions will receive penalty. No submission is allowed after 24 hours past the deadline.
Select an existing controversial urban policy (or urban development project) that is related to your city’s aspiration to become a global city. Carefully explain what it is, its development background, expected outcomes, and why it is controversial. Have a clear linkage to globalization in your analysis, and evaluate why and how the policy/project is likely to succeed/fail. Suggest some policy implications following your evaluation, if appropriate. (You can also choose a policy/project that has already taken place in the past.)
Select a challenging problem that has been caused by globalization in your city. Explain what the problem is and its significance. Analyze why and how the problem is related to the globalization, and what difficulties (and opportunities) exist in solving the problem.
Following your analysis, either explore why the current policies are not solving the problem, or propose a new policy as a convincing solution to the problem.