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Fall 2016-2017
* URB 300 / HUM 300 / ARC 300 / WWS 392 (EC)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Urban Studies Research Seminar

Bruno M. Carvalho
Aaron P. Shkuda

This interdisciplinary seminar introduces research methods in urban studies. We will focus on some of the ways in which researchers make sense of cities, including various aspects of urban experience, culture, history, theory, form, and policy. Students will use the analytical frameworks covered in the course to develop their own research projects with the goal of developing more dynamic junior papers and senior theses.

Sample reading list:
Alison Isenberg, Downtown America
Mitchell Duneier, Sidewalk
Bruno Carvalho, Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro
Ruben Gallo, Mexican Modernity

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will complete a synthetic essay analyzing the scholarship on their chosen research topic. The remainder of the course will focus on expanding ongoing student research projects based on themes and research questions in urban studies.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students must be working on a junior paper, senior thesis, or larger independent research project..

Other information:
20% Other: Research Proposal (proposal for paper). Optional capstone class that is strongly recommended for certificate students in either their junior or senior years (or anyone else who anticipates writing a JP or thesis on an urban theme).

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21436 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Architecture Building   S118   Enrolled:14 Limit:15