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Spring 2017-2018
* 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.

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42627 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:117
42628 P01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
43249 P02 8:30 am - 9:50 am T        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
42629 P03 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
42630 P04 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
42631 P05 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
42632 P06 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
42633 P07 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:15