LATS 220
Introduction to Urban Studies: Shaping and Living the City Fall 2017 Division II; Cross-listed as LATS220 / AMST221 / ENVI221
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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.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1200
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 (6-7 pages) and final essay (8-10 pages)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis, not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first and second year students as well as American Studies majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST Space and Place Electives; ASAM Related Courses; GBST Urbanizing World Electives; LATS Core Electives

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