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Fall 2012-2013
* SOC 210 / LAS 210 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas

Patricia Fernández-Kelly

By taking a comparative approach, this course examines the role of social, economic, and political factors in the emergence and transformation of modern cities in the United States and selected areas of Latin America. We consider the city in its dual image: both as a center of progress and as a redoubt of social problems, especially poverty. Special attention is given to spatial processes that have resulted in the aggregation and desegregation of populations differentiated by social class and race.

Sample reading list:
D. Harvey, Social Justice and the City
Galster & Mincy, "Understanding the Changing Fortunes of Metropolitan..."
Portes & Walton, Urban Latin America
P. Jargowsky, Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City
Colclough & Manor, States or Markets?: Neo-liberalism and the Development...
D. Massey, American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the...

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 250 pages of reading per week; Mid-term and final take-home exams.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 40%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20451 L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M W   Frist Campus Center   302   Enrolled:75 Limit:90
P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   290   Enrolled:15 Limit:15
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Friend Center   307   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P03 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Wallace Hall   290   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
P04 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:10 Limit:15