SOC 216 Spring 2015 The City

Modern humans have moved to the city, a site with concentrated powers of various kinds, this move has effected irreversible change in human life. We will examine these forces through readings in urban theories as well as ethnographic studies. We will address themes such as the organization of urban life, the political economy of cities, housing and homelessness, and urban planning. The city is also the chief site of cultural production and meaning, and our scope of interest will range from studying subcultures, to reading graffiti, to analyzing monuments. Bearing in mind the inexorable social change of past decades, we will reconsider some classical thought on urban life in the context of postmodern discourse, conceptualize the post-industrial and global city, and conclude with an examination of the problems faced by cities in developing countries. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to urban studies. Students will become familiarized with both classical and modern urban theories, and in reading ethnographies they will have an opportunity to understand some fundamental methodological approaches to the study of the city.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: response papers, mid term exam and final research paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3970
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
SOC 216 - 01 (S) SEM The City Division 2: Social Studies Marketa Rulikova
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM 3970
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