Global Cities: Cities and Their Role in Global Affairs

Localizing Global Changes

Dr. Noah Toly
Noah Toly


Noah Toly is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College and the Director of the Urban Studies Program. He has co-authored numerous publications in the field of global cities, environmental issues and religion. He is editor of the Routledge series "Cities and Global Governance" and was selected to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Program for 2011-2013. 2012-2013, Noah was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago.

Module Summary:

One of the major challenges to statehood 'from below' is posed by the rise of global cities. This Module engages you in a deeper analysis of cities, their role in global affairs and provides you with knowledge about theoretical concepts in the context of terms such as globalization, localization, glocalization,etc. Questions about the theoretical, demographical, economic, political, and cultural implications of the rise of global cities as well as challenges for the global cities themselves will be interactively debated.

Educational Goals:

  • You will learn theoretical concepts in the context of the rise of global cities and discuss crucial changes in this sphere in the last years.
  • You will be familiarized with necessary knowledge about different types of cities, governance and urban planning and discuss their advantages and risks.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participating in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments, treating complex theoretical and practical questions and developing your own hypothesis.


  • Taking part in two different Discussion Board tasks and a safe assign task.
  • Preparing the final research paper, based on your previous work, which include Grant proposal for a full-day workshop. The final paper can only be submitted if the previous tasks were passed.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in February each year

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