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Fall 2013-2014
* URB 201 / WWS 201 / SOC 203 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Urban Studies

Douglas S. Massey

Introduces students to the phenomenon of urbanism by summarizing the social structure and ecological organization of cities from their inception through the present and then presents selected aesthetic, humanistic, architectural, and philosophical reactions to cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sample reading list:
Massey, Douglas, Strangers in a Strange Land: Humans in an Urbanizing World
Berman, Marshall, All That's Solid Melts into Air
Rubin, James, Impressionism and the Modern Landscape
Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture
Jacobs, Jane, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Robert Venturi, Denise S. Brown, Steven Izenor, Learning from Las Vegas

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students read the above sources of academic thinking and research about cities and urbanism and sequentially discuss associated topics in precepts. There will be a midterm and a final exam, and students will turn in a final paper (15-20 pp.) examining some aspect of urbanism of interest to them.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23476 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M W   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:11 Limit:60
P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M        Enrolled:0 Limit:15