Urbanization is one of the main global trends in the current world. At the same time, cities are becoming important actors vis-à-vis states. For example, cities play an increasingly central role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. In that context, this course deals with cities and sustainable urbanization in China, Japan and South Korea. The key themes are: the changing dynamics of urbanization, urban governance, use of new technologies (including eco and smart cities), and international city networks.

Contemporary South Asia course is part of the Asian Programme.