In the near future, the majority of the earth's human inhabitants may live in cities. One of the dominant representations of this global urban phenomenon is the "global city" model and its borderless world of global flows and urban nodes. This course maps the basic contours of the global city, and through the ensuing weeks cross-cuts contemporary urban themes via a series of case studies, including Shanghai, Berlin, Los Angeles, Lagos, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Mumbai. Possible themes: postcolonial city and spectacular urbanism; city of memory and postsocialist landscapes; carceral city and ecologies of fear; shadow city of transnational migration, crime and violence Course materials will include traditional scholarship, films, artistic productions and fiction. Class work will culminate in a final project involving the multimedia creation of an "alternative" global city guidebook.