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Fall 2017-2018
* SOC 210 / LAS 210 / URB 210 / LAO 210 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

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. 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 80 pages of reading per week; Mid-term and final take-home exams.

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

Other information:
For LAO credit, students must write about the U.S.-Latino population.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20402 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W        Enrolled:105 Limit:130
21766 P99 TBA        Enrolled:105 Limit:130