Fall 2019  |  SOC 3451W Section 001: Cities & Social Change (33087)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Enrollment Status:
Open (44 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The core themes of this class will provide an essential toolkit for approaching broad questions about social justice, culture, work, housing and service provision on multiple levels and across the globe. This course will have units on economic development, inequality, the interaction between design and human action, inclusive and exclusive cultural formations, crime and cultures of fear, social control and surveillance. prereq: 1001 recommended, Soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
For details about the course go to: classinfo.umn.edu/ and search for the course number.
Class Description:
Who you are is in many ways where you are. Our friendships and romantic lives, our work opportunities and political engagement, and our sense of self and relationship to society are inextricably connected to the type of community in which we live. In this course we will attend to the sociology of place, focusing specifically on cities and communities. We will examine how cities relate to many core fields of sociology:
inequality, race and ethnicity, self and identity, deviance and social control, work and occupations, immigration, globalization, and social networks, for example. We will consider differences between communities, such as the rural-urban divide, and we will consider differences within cities, including segregation, neighborhood effects, and the history of urbanization. We will engage with foundational sociological theories of urbanization and contemporary empirical studies. By the end of this course, you will have developed a critical understanding of the role that cities and communities play in maintaining social order and enabling social change. The instructor for this course, Tom VanHeuvelen, will be a new faculty member starting in Fall 2019.
20% Class Participation
20% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: exams, 20% reading reports, 40% term paper
Class Format:
A mixture of lecture and discussion.
30-70 pages reading per week. Because this is a writing intensive course, a substantial portion of the final grade will be based on writing. You will receive substantial feedback on writing assignments and be expected to revise your written work in response.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 March 2019

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