SOC 216
The City Fall 2022
Division II
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Modern humans have moved to the city, a site with concentrated powers of various kinds, this move has effected irreversible change in human life. We will examine these forces through readings in urban theories as well as ethnographic studies. We will address themes such as the organization of urban life, the political economy of cities, housing and homelessness, and urban planning. The city is also the chief site of cultural production and meaning, and our scope of interest will range from studying subcultures, to reading graffiti, to analyzing monuments. Bearing in mind the inexorable social change of past decades, we will reconsider some classical thought on urban life in the context of postmodern discourse, conceptualize the post-industrial and global city, and conclude with an examination of the problems faced by cities in developing countries. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to urban studies. Students will become familiarized with both classical and modern urban theories, and in reading ethnographies they will have an opportunity to understand some fundamental methodological approaches to the study of the city.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 1642
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: response papers, mid term exam and final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Anthropology and Sociology majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
GBST Urbanizing World

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