AMST 221 Introduction to Urban Studies: Shaping and Living the City

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as ENVI221, LATS220
Generally, cities have been described either as vibrant commercial and cultural centers or as violent and decaying urban slums. In an effort to begin to think more critically about cities, this course introduces important topics in the interdisciplinary field of Urban Studies. Specifically, we will discuss concepts and theories used to examine the peoples and structures that make up cities: In what ways do socio-cultural, economic, and political factors affect urban life and development? How are cities planned and used by various stakeholders (politicians, developers, businesses, and residents)? How do people make meaning of the places they inhabit? We will pay particular attention to the roles of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in understanding and interpreting urban communities. Texts include works by anthropologists, historians, sociologists, cultural critics, cultural geographers, and literary writers.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on attendance and class participation, several short writing assignments (1-2 pages), two creative group projects and presentations, a midterm essay (5-7 pages) and final essay (8-10 pages)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first and second year students as well as American Studies majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,AMST Space and Place Electives,ASAM Related Courses, ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP SC-B Group Electives,EXPE Experiential Education Courses,INST - Urbanizing World Electives,LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1969
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
AMST 221 LEC Introduction to Urban Studies Division 2: Social Studies Merida Rua
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