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Spring 2016-2017
* URB 201 / WWS 201 / SOC 203 / ARC 207 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Urban Studies

M. Christine Boyer

This course will examine different crises confronting cities in the 21st century. Topics will range from informal settlements, to immigration, terrorism, shrinking population, sprawl, rising seas, affordable housing, gentrification, smart cities. The range of cities will include Los Angles, New Orleans, Paris, Logos, Caracas, Havana, New York, Hong Kong, Dubai among others.

Sample reading list:
Mark Binelli, Detroit City is the Place to Be
Stephen Graham, Cities under Siege
Anthony Townsend, Smart Cities
Benjamin Barber, If Mayors Ruled the World, Dysfunctional Nations, Rising
Film, Lagos Wide & Close
Film, Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading from selected primary sources, architectural and urban criticism.

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
40928 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:94 Limit:117
44099 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
44100 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44101 P03 9:00 am - 9:50 am T   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
44111 P04 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
44112 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F   Architecture Building   N104   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
44113 P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
44116 P07 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm T   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed
44419 P08 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   Architecture Building   N104   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
43180 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled