LATS 220
Introduction to Urban Studies: Shaping and Living the City Fall 2010
Division II
Cross-listed LATS 220 / ENVI 221 / AMST 221
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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: Format: discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1031
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
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 (8-10 pages) and final essay (8-10 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: American Studies majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LATS 220 Division II ENVI 221 Division II AMST 221 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
FYCR Open to First-Year Students
INST - Urbanizing World Electives
LATS Core Electives

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