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Spring 2018-2019
* LAS 308 / URB 308 / ENV 345 (SA)   na, npdf

Mexico City: Geography, Politics and Everyday Life

Ben A. Gerlofs


This course explores the geography of Mexico City, one of the world's largest and most dynamic urban communities. We will examine such topics as the city's rapid expansion during the twentieth century, its architectural and aesthetic styles and transformations, its environments and environmental crises, and the shape of its contemporary political geographies. The course will also involve a field study component in Mexico City during spring recess, with a special focus on social and spatial aspects of urban redevelopment and neighborhood change.

Sample reading list:
Vitz, Matthew, A City on a Lake: Urban Political Ecology
Gutmann, Matthew, The Meanings of Macho
Garcia, Angela, Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Ward, Peter, Mexico City: The Production
Gallo, Rubén (editor), The Mexico City Reader
Hernández, Daniel, Down and Delirious in Mexico City
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Eight (~weekly) critical responses (250-500 words); one term paper (3,000-4,000 words).

Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment is by interview only. The university will cover basic transportation, food, lodging, and program costs for the required break trip. Students must have a passport by the start of term..

Other information:
International Travel required. To fill out the application for this course go to The application cycle will open at 9:00am Thursday, November 8th and close at 11:59pm Friday, November 23rd.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42380 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:12