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Spring 2011-2012
* URB 201 / SOC 203  

Introduction to Urban Studies

M. Christine Boyer

This course will examine different crises confronting cities in the 21st century. Topics will range from immigration, to terrorism, shrinking population, traffic congestion, pollution, energy crisis, housing needs, water wars, race riots, extreme weather conditions, war and urban operations. The range of cities will include Los Angles, New Orleans, Paris, Logos, Caracas, Havana, New York, Hong Kong, and Baghdad among others.

Sample reading list:
Mike Davis, Planet of Slums
Chester Hartman, There is no such thing as a Natural Disaster
Richard Ingersoll, Sprawltown: Looking for the city on its Edges
Film, Havana: The new art of Making Ruins
Film, Lagos Wide & Close
Film, Caracas: The Informal City

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading from selected primary sources, architectural and urban histories. Several short written/design projects.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42900 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:40 Limit:60
P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:9 Limit:16
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   McCormick Hall   274   Enrolled:9 Limit:16
P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   023   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   043   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
P05 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm T   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:5 Limit:15