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15 credits

London: Governing the Global City

This module explores the recent history and government of London.

‘London: Governing the Global City’, uses the city’s history to examine how to best run a globally competitive ‘world city’ such as London, and takes full advantage of King’s’ position at the heart of the capital, offering students a unique educational experience, firmly rooted in place.

The module deals with London-wide and local government, but also explores the significant role of the private sector in the city’s governance. Finally, it engages directly with the huge past and current challenges that face not only London but other world cities and devolved city and city-region governments across the country.

The module makes great use of practitioner-led teaching, with students getting a chance to engage directly with key London leaders. Previous special guests included: Sadiq Khan, current Mayor of London; Lord Edward Lister, Boris Johnson’s Chief Strategic Adviser and former Mayoral Chief of Staff; Dame Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police Commissioner; Sir Peter Hendy, former Transport for London Commissioner and many more. 

Alongside seminars at King’s, classes have also taken place at City Hall, the City of London’s ancient Guildhall, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf and 22 Bishopsgate. There can surely be no better way for students to understand how this world-leading city works than by engaging directly with those who have been responsible for running it and experiencing it for themselves.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with students

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will have: 

Teaching team

Dr Jack Brown

Professor Tony Halmos

*Plus, special guest practitioners