LATS 312
Chicago Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 312 / LATS 312 / ENVI 313
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“The city of big shoulders has plenty of room for diversity,” reads the official visitor’s website for the City of Chicago. Focusing on this claim, this course asks students to think critically about what kind room has been made for diversity–social, spatial, and ideological. Additionally we examine the ways in which diverse social actors have shouldered their way into the imagined and physical landscape of the city. Working with ethnography, history, literature, critical essays, and popular culture, we will explore the material and discursive constructions of Chi-Town and urban life among its residents. Appreciating these constructions we also consider how Chicago has served as a key site for understandings of urbanity within a broader national and global context.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3137
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on attendance and class participation, group presentations and discussions, and 2 short essays (5 pages) and a book review essay (10-12 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: American Studies majors, Latina/o Studies concentrators and students who have taken AMST/LATS 220
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 312 Division II LATS 312 Division II ENVI 313 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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