URBN 340 Urban Political Economy:Urban Life Under Capitalism


Critical Political Economy is the study of the entanglement of economic and political processes. This course examines these relationships as they intersect with cities. The course will use Marx and his interpreters to investigate how neoliberal capitalism is shaping urban life, and how cities are central to capitalist production. This course seeks to understand contemporary challenges such as urban poverty, segregation, violence and gentrification as expressions of contradictions within capitalism itself, rather than the outcome of exclusively individual (e.g. personal responsibility) or political decisions (e.g. ineffective government).  Students can expect to leave this course with a strong foundation in Marxist political economy and economic geography as these theories relate to understanding urban life.