PST380.5 Cities, Governments, and Quality of Life

Taught in Spanish at Pontificia Universidad Católica; may not be offered every semester. This course proposes a conceptual and methodological framework intended to identify and evaluate the problems of socio-territorial inequality that are expressed in the urban quality of life, especially in big cities, as part of its process of knowledge diffusion and transferring of its theoretical contexts and its practical exercises. From this perspective, this class is intended to strengthen an ethical commitment to essential values. This commitment should be sustained by higher education and the training of future professionals of several disciplines in order to help them to make a contribution to the construction of a more fair, integrated, and sustainable society.

The goal of the course is to critically approach the relationship between government and quality of life in the contemporary city, considering aspects related to governability, planning, and urban and territorial management in Europe and in Latin America. During the course, students will learn analysis and comparative evaluation methodology of urban quality of life, specifically in different metropolitan areas. “Flipped classrooms” will be held, together with a dialogical exposition of the course contents, field research, and case studies. The course will be evaluated through a group report on case studies, a personal essay, and a written test of theoretical knowledge.

This course may count toward a topical specialization in Policy Studies.

(PUC #IEU2043)

Department: Policy Studies

Location: Santiago

Credits: 3