(Re)Imagining Port Cities: Understanding Space, Society and Culture

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Week 1: What are Port Cities?

  • Explore the characteristics that port cities have in common and those that separate them from other cities.
  • Examine new and varied perspectives on the relationship between the port and the city, with attention to socio-cultural aspects.

Week 2: Who makes Port Cities?

  • Understand the complex networks, formal and informal, of a broad range of stakeholders that make up the port city.
  • Look at the influence stakeholders have on each other and on space, and discover how their needs and interests often conflict.

Week 3: What catalyzes change in port cities?

  • Identify moments of change in port cities and their causes and effects, both globally and locally.
  • Review how causes for change, such as catastrophes, trigger responses to change by inhabitants and authorities.
  • Learn how to use tools to implement change and respond to challenges.

Week 4: What challenges are port cities facing?

  • Discuss the contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges to port cities and the way past decisions are still influencing the present and the future.
  • Explore the role of values in the decision-making of various stakeholders and their conflicts which may arise from the challenges.

Week 5: How to respond to challenges in port cities at times of change?

  • Learn how to set goals to inform decision making in response to a challenge.
  • See how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are tailored to port cities and the stakeholder tensions they lead to.
  • Develop a value-based approach to decision-making.

You will choose to work on a goal that relates to your port city and the challenges it faces and present the results of your research.

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