Global Connections: Shanghai
This course examines Shanghai’s attempts to position itself at the forefront of the largest and fastest process of urbanization the world has ever seen. It explores the city’s attempts to build itself into the future metropolis of 21st century. It does so by facilitating a deep engagement with the city that combines reading based discussions on issues of urbanism, capitalism and creativity with in depth field trip explorations.
The course has 3 separate but interrelated components:
1. Field-trips designed to provide a direct engagement with the issues of the course.
2. Reading-based lecture and seminar discussions
3. An individual research project.
Students will emerge from this class:
1. Having been introduced -- through field trips as well as lectures, discussion and a midterm exam-- to the history and culture of Shanghai.
2. Having critically engaged with fundamental issues emerging from the rise of Shanghai.
3. Having grappled with abstract theoretical arguments about urbanization and globalization.
4. With the experience of formulating a research project
Participation: 15 %
Reading Presentations: 10%
Midterm Exam: 20%
Research Proposal: 10 %
Final Research Paper: 25%
Field Trip Reports: 20%
Readings are available as a digital course pack or through NYU classes (resources section). Texts are also on reserve at the NYU Shanghai library.
02/11: Week 1: Introduction
Parag Khanna. Beyond City Limits. Foreign Policy Magazine. September/October 2010. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/08/16/beyond_city_limits
Doug Saunders. By Century’s End We Will be an Entirely Urban Species. The Spectator. Aug 5. http://dougsaunders.net/2010/08/urban-migration-century/
William McNeill. Cities and their Consequences, The American Interest, Vol 2 No 4 (March/April 2007) http://www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2007/03/01/cities-and-their-consequences/
02/18: Week 2: People’s Square Field Trip
02/25: Week 3: High Modernism
Le Corbusier. Forward & Chapter 1. City of Tomorrow and Its Planning. (Digital Coursepack)
Glaeser, Edward. How Skyscrapers can Save the City. The Atlantic. July 11 2011 http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/03/how-skyscrapers-can-save-the-city/8387/
Owen, David. Green Manhattan. The New Yorker. October 18 2004. http://www.davidowen.net/files/green-manhattan.pdf
Woetzel, Jonathan. China’s cities in the Sky. McKinsey & Company http://voices.mckinseyonsociety.com/chinas-cities-in-the-sky/
Assignment Discussion: How to choose a research question
03/04: Week 4: Pudong Field Trip
03/11. Week 5: Urbanism: Street Life
Jane Jacobs, “How New Work Begins” The Economy of Cities. Vintage. (Digital Coursepack)
Jane Jacobs, “Drift” in Cities and the Wealth of Nations. Vintage. (Digital Coursepack)
Jane Jacobs. Introduction & The Use of Sidewalks: Safety. Death and Life in American Cities. Vintage. (Digital Coursepack)
Dwight Garner, When David fought Goliath in Washington Square Park. New York Times, August 4 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/books/05garner.html?_r=0
Glaeser, Edward, What a City Needs, The New Republic, September 4 2009. http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/what-city-needs#
Shanghai & the modernity of the street: (Suggested Reading)
Samuel Liang, Spatial Culture of the Li Neighborhoods, Shanghai 1870-1900. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Volume 67 No 4
Assignment Discussion: Research Proposal
03/18. Week 6. Field Trip: Lilongs
03/25. Week 7. Midterm Exam
Lynn Pan, “Prologue” and “Origins of an Urban Style” in Shanghai Style: Art and Design Between the Wars. (Digital Coursepack)
Leo Ou-fan Lee, “Remapping Shanghai” & Shanghai Cosmopolitanism” in Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930-1945. (Digital Coursepack))
Hanchao Lu, “In Search of an Urban Identity” & “ Conclusion” in Beyond Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century. (Digital Coursepack)
Jeff Wasserstrom, “Introduction” & “Conclusion” in Global Shanghai, 1850-2010. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/nyulibrary/docDetail.action?docID=10267133
Marie –Claire Bergere.. “Introduction”, “The Birth of Shanghai Capitalism,” “Haipai & the Ideal of Modernity” in China’s Gateway to Modernity. (Digital Coursepack)
04/01. Week 8. State Capitalism
Marx Karl, “Bourgeois and Proletariat” The Communist Manifesto. http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch01.htm#007
Joseph Schumpeter, Marxian Doctrine. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Harper Perrenial. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/nyulibrary/docDetail.action?docID=10389428
Yasheng Huang, “Just How Capitalist is China?” MIT Sloane Research Paper.
Yasheng Huang. “What is Wrong with Shanghai Part 1& 2. The Globalist. March 2009
* (Recommended) Yasheng Huang, “The Problem with Shanghai” in Capitalism with Chinese
04/15. Week 9. Field Trip Bao Steel
Research Proposal Due
04/22. Week 10. Shadow Markets
Joseph Schumpeter. “Creative Destruction” in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Harper Perrenial. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/nyulibrary/docDetail.action?docID=10389428
Christensen, Craig and Hall, “The Great Disruption” in Foreign Affairs. March/April 2001.
The Economist. A special report on Innovation in Emerging Markets. April 15 2010 http://www.economist.com/node/15879359
Robert Neuwirth. The Shadow Superpower. Foreign Policy. October 28 2011. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/28/black_market_global_economy
04/29. Week 11. Street Food Workshop
05/6. Week 12. Global Culture
Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism. Excerpts http://site.ebrary.com/lib/nyulibrary/docDetail.action?docID=2002712
Cowen, Tyler and Benjamin Barber. Globalization and Culture. Policy Forum. Cato Institute http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/policy-report/2003/5/globalization.pdf
Peter Berger, Four Faces of Global Culture, National Interest. Fall 1997 http://courses.arch.vt.edu/courses/wdunaway/gia5524/berger97.pdf
Wasserstrom, Jeffrey. A Mickey Mouse Approach to Globalization. Yale Global. June 2003, http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/mickey-mouse-approach-globalization
05/13. Week 13. Field Trip: TBA
05/20. Week 14. Cosmoplitanism
Peter Hall. Cities in Civilization. (Excerpts) pp3-10, pp282-288. (Digital Coursepack)
Kwame Anthony Appiah. The Case for Contamination. New York Times, January 1 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/01/magazine/01cosmopolitan.html?pagewanted=all
Pico Iyer. “ The Burning House” Global Soul. pp 1- 39. (Digital Coursepack)
Nussbaum, Martha “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism.” Boston Review19 (5). 1994 http://bostonreview.net/martha-nussbaum-patriotism-and-cosmopolitanism