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And the London A-Z (Geographers’ A-Z Map Company)

Topic 1: London as a Global City

The introductory lecture will firstly examine why London is an important geographical and historical object of study, not only in relation to British economic, cultural and political life but also as an urban model and exemplar for cities across the globe. Secondly, it will consider different yet overlapping ways London can be considered a ‘global city’, from its historical role as the metropolitan heart of the British Empire to its contemporary position as a major node within transnational flows of capital, people and culture. Lastly, we will explore the various groups who are currently trying to consolidate and promote London’s position as a leading global city against other urban centres in Europe and beyond.

Film extracts from:

Hue and Cry (1947). Directed: Charles Critchon Frenzy (1972). Directed: Alfred Hitchcock London (1993). Directed: Patrick Keiller Match Point (2006). Directed: Woody Allen

These film clips will be used in class discussion of how London has changed over the last fifty years, particularly along the Thames, and to consider different cinematic portrayals of the city and Londoners.

A hand-out will be provided on the history of the London Underground, and points of interest for stations within Zone 1. Quiz to be given in week 2.

Also extracts will be given from two novels: Arthur Morrison, Child of the Jago and Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway. Students will be asked to read them before week 3.

Further Reading:

Brenner, N. and Keil, R. (eds.) 2006: The Global Cities Reader, Routledge: London. Doel, M and Hubbard, P. 2002: Taking world cities literally. Marketing the city in a global space of flows. City 6 (3) 351-368. Friedmann, J. 1986: World-city hypothesis. Development and Change, 17 (1): 69-83. Hall, P. 1998: Cities in Civilisation. New York: Pantheon. Livingstone, K. 2000a: My blueprint to make London into a great world city once again. The Independent 27th June. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/my- blueprint-to-make-london-into-a-great-world-city-once-again-714661.html Massey, D. 1994: A global sense of place, in T. Barnes and D. Gregory (eds.) Reading Human Geography, 315-23. Rasmussen, S. 1934: London: The Unique City. Sassen, S. 1991: The Global City. New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Topic 2: Getting Modern London Moving

Visit to the London Transport Museum.

Meeting point: Covent Garden Tube Station (Zone 1).

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