Global and Regional Studies: Bicycles,Globlzation,Sustainability
3 Credit Hours
In recent years the bicycle has been enjoying a renaissance as a form of sustainable urban transportation in many major cities throughout the world, as city governments and activists seek ways to reduce the social, health, and environmental problems caused by automobile pollution and congestion. In addition to exploring this global phenomenon, this course examines a number of issues relevant to understanding the complex connections between globalization, mobility, and urban sustainability. These themes include: theorizing contemporary forms of urban mobility and how transportation technologies, specifically the bicycle, relate to social change; the dynamic role of the bicycle around the world (primarily Asia, Latin America, Europe, North America) as a form of transportation; and the current adoption of the bicycle by planners and activists concerned with urban sustainability. This course will offer many hands-on opportunities to directly explore how issues around sustainability and cycling play out in and around Burlington through bicycle field trips.
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