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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon 2019
Course Coordinator and Team: Pritpal Singh Randhawa
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim: This course is aimed at developing an understanding of the ways in which our cities are governed and managed by different actors, agencies and institutions, through various planning and policy initiatives in liberalized India, using the lens of urban inequality and sustainability.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Unit 1 - Urbanisation and Governance: The unit will begin with the discussion on the patterns and challenges of urbanization in India from the perspective of urban poverty in the liberalization period. Thereafter, it will introduce the concept of governance. By doing so, it will unpack the tripartite (structure of urban governance national, state and city level), as also briefly discuss the 74th constitutional amendment to empower the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
Unit 2 - Participatory Processes: The unit will discuss the urban governance reforms after the introduction of 74th constitutional amendment in 1992 till the initiative of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under Smart City Mission in 2015. It will also delve upon the other forms of participatory processes such Bhaghidari initiative and Mohalla Sabha in Delhi.
Unit 3 - Reading Plans, Policies and Programmes: Alongside giving an overview of urban planning and policy in India in the liberalisation era, the bulk of the unit will be delivered in a workshop mode wherein the students would be trained to critically read different kinds of planning, policy and programme documents.
Unit 4 - Advocacy and Activism: This unit will bring into focus the role of civil society, non-government organizations (NGOs), media and judiciary in shaping urban policies and plans. Interventions such as public interest litigations, research and media advocacy, and forms of collective actions would be studied.
Assessment Details with weights:
Types of Assessment
Types of Assignments
Short Response note to evaluate reading, analytical and writing skills (10%).
Hands-on activities in the class – reading, understanding and analysing plans and programmes (30%)
Field trip based group work (Field report) – understanding the issue in the field and relating it with course material (10%)
Mid Term Exam (25%)
End Semester Exam (25%)