Fall 2018 - HIST 372 D100

City Life (4)

Class Number: 5192

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3533, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Nicolas Kenny
    1 778 782-5815
    Office: AQ 6015
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history or enrollment in the Urban Studies Certificate program.



Examines the experience of city life in various global settings with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and political development of urban environments.


Over the past two hundred years, the proportion of the world’s population living in cities has grown from 3 to 50%, and it continues to rise.  Urbanisation has thus played a key role in shaping modern society, culture and politics.  The aim of this course is to examine, from a historical and contemporary perspective, what it means to live in a city.  How and why have cities grown and developed?  What defines the social and cultural life of cities?  How have different groups sought to shape the city in their image, or to carve out spaces of resistance?  To get at these questions, we will analyse the economic impulses, migratory patterns, power dynamics of gender, class and race, and environmental consequences underlying the formation of cities.  Our discussions will also focus on how people have conceptualised and thought about the cultural meaning of cities in different geographical and temporal settings.  We will also pay particular attention to the unique history of the city we live in, addressing issues specific to Vancouver and its region.  


  • Participation 20%
  • Research proposal 10%
  • Book review 20%
  • Research project 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



Readings will be made available online and via the library.

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