Rebecca A. Burnett
Provides a link between general theories of urban development and their specific manifestation in the United States. Explores a series of themes related to contemporary urbanization processes, including urban segregation, gentrification, the rise of fortress cities, homelessness, and the loss of public space. Recommended: GEOG 277.
The purpose of this course is for students to think critically about urban social relations and to gain a better understanding of social justice, inequality, access, and privilege as they relate to urban space, inclusion and exclusion. With a focus on the current debates around cities, this course will explore the ways in which identity, political economy, and space come together to create different ways of “knowing” the city. This class will highlight the roles of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and resistance in shaping the physical and social geographies of cities. The course will challenge you to interrogate dominant representations and conceptualizations of cities and to think critically about who has access and control over urban space.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
We will learn together through readings, class discussion, guest presentations, films and fieldwork. As a writing intensive, 400-level course, this class is designed to improve and challenge your academic skills in the areas of independent research, collaborative research, academic presentations, critical reading, thinking and writing, and political and geographical debate.
Geog 277 is recommended
Class assignments and grading
Short papers, a longer research paper, take home midterm, participation assignments, and a fieldwork assignment.