Topic: Urbanisation and development in Asia-Pacific

Infrastructures for Emergencies and Sustainable Cities

The assignment examines the causes and effects of rapid urbanisation in developing countries. Using case studies from Asia-Pacific.- it explores the economic and political dynamics that grease the wheels of contemporary patterns of growth.
In addition to examining both local and transnational forces that drive contemporary urbanisation, the assignment focuses on key issues that emerge in rapidly growing cities of the developing world, ranging from environmental challenges, sustainability, health, growing income inequality and socio-economic exclusion, and rising violence.
The assignment focuses on a critical analysis of the arguments presented in a number of publications.

Read the articles related to regional perspectives of urbanisation and development in Asia Pacific.

Urbanisation and development in Asia-Pacific (essay based on the 3 articles below)

• Beall, Jo. “Globalization and Social Exclusion in Cities: Framing the Debate with Lessons from Africa and Asia.” Environment and Urbanization 14, no. 1 (2002): 41- 51.
• Chu, Yin-wah. “Deconstructing the Global City: Unravelling the Linkages that Underlie Hong Kong’s World City Status.” Urban Studies 45, no. 8 (2008): 1625-1646.
• Xu, Jiang, and Anthony G.O. Yeh. “City Repositioning and Competitiveness Building in Regional Development: New Development Strategies in Guangzhou, China.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29, no. 2 (2005): 283-308.

Essay should be answered with reference to question below:
Urbanisation and development in Asia-Pacific
a) To what extent is urban growth in the region a by-product of national economic development?
b) What are the limits of equitable development amid fast urban growth?

Structure of a response paper:
Introduce the major theme in the first paragraph of the response paper and organise and unify your arguments around that theme.
Do not just respond to the issues discussed in the paper’s introduction and conclusion because this is a rather transparent strategy to avoid reading the paper. Instead, pay special attention to overarching themes as well as specifics.

Please note: (important)
In the following paragraphs (i.e., the body of your response paper), discuss the issues where you agree or disagree with the author(s), explain your position, evaluate the evidence the author(s) provides/provide, and give examples.
Be specific and detailed. Connect the evidence to your major theme. If you are responding to multiple articles, you may compare and contrast the authors based on your major theme. Be sure to cite the page when you are using specific ideas or quotes.
Your thoughts or beliefs, should you decide to include them in your discussion, must be supported by facts and logic. Consider both sides of issues at stake.
If the author(s) is (are) on one side of an issue, consider the other side. If the author(s) offers (offer) both sides of an issue, consider where 3 agreements and disagreements lie and what each side’s strengths and weaknesses are. Indicate omissions and raise counter-arguments when you detect arguments that are not well supported.

Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Subject: Sociology
Pages/words: 12/3300
Number of sources: 6
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: UK English

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