LATS 312
Chicago Spring 2018 Division II; Cross-listed as LATS312 / AMST312 / ENVI313
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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: Type: discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3225
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on attendance and class participation, group presentations and discussions, 5 critical briefs ( 2-pages) and a book review essay (15 pages)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: American Studies majors, Latina/o Studies concentrators and students who have taken LATS 220/AMST 221/ENVI 221
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST Space and Place Electives; ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives; GBST Urbanizing World Electives; LATS Core Electives

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