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Asian Cities: the transnational and the local HMA354


Cities serve as essential gateways for understanding how local and transnational forces have shaped particular built environments and urban cultures. This unit explores Asian cities by using the comparison of capital cities with port cities as its analytical principle. The unit reveals how urban designs have been used by local and colonial governments to inscribe contesting conceptions of modernity and nationhood between the 19th and 20th centuries. Whenever possible, this unit also examines the less studied histories of everyday lives in order to reveal how particular power structures are embedded and challenged in Asian cities. The unit analyses pairs of cities such as New Delhi and Calcutta in India, Mandalay and Rangoon in Burma/Myanmar, Hanoi and Saigon in Vietnam, and Beijing and Shanghai in China. In addition, it investigates important cases such as Singapore and Taipei which challenge the port/capital city pairing.


Unit name Asian Cities: the transnational and the local
Unit code HMA354
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages
Teaching staff

Dr. Jayde Lin Roberts

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

13 x 1 hour weekly lecture and 13 x 1.5 hour weekly tutorial


- Weekly Dialectical Journal. 25%
- Co-Lead Tutorial Discussion, and De-Brief 10%
- Field Analysis and Comparison of Two CIties 30%
- Research Paper/ 3500 word essay 35%

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