LATS 408
Envisioning Urban Life: Objects, Subjects, and Everyday People Fall 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as LATS408 / AMST408

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What is the relationship between real life in urban communities and the multiple ways in which they are imagined? What does it mean to be “urban,” to live in an “urban community,” or to be the product of an “urban environment”? Who do we think the people are who populate these spaces? This course takes a critical look at specific populations, periods, and problems that have come to dominate and characterize our conceptions of the quality, form, and function of U.S. urban life. A few of the topics we may cover include historical accounts of the varied ways in which poverty and “urban culture” have been studied; race, class, and housing; the spatial practices of urban youth and the urban elderly; and gendered perspectives on social mobility and community activism. Finally, this course will explore how diverse social actors negotiate responses to their socio-spatial and economic circumstances, and, in the process, help envision and create different dimensions of the urban experience.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1429
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a short essay, a series of writing exercises, and a semester-long final project
Prerequisites: prior courses in AMST, LATS, or permission of instructor; not open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: senior Latina/o Studies concentrators and senior American Studies majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST 400-level Senior Seminars; AMST Space and Place Electives; ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives; LATS 400-level Seminars;

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