Spring 2019  |  SOC 3451W Section 001: Cities & Social Change (68651)

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
01/22/2019 - 05/06/2019
Wed 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management 2-228
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 30 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 Description:
This course will draw on theories and research in sociology, history and urban studies to explore the phenomenon of urbanism and the rise of "cities," investigating the causes and consequences of that rise. We will cover topics like modernization and the changing conceptions of place and community in the modern world, the urban-rural divide, suburbanization, segregation and gentrification, and the right to the city. Throughout the course, we will investigate the ways that race, class, gender, and religion shape the urban experience. While the class will be more heavily focused on the US context, international comparisons will be included throughout. Since this is a writing intensive (W) course, students will develop their insights into cities and urban life through writing, including ethnographic exercises in the Twin Cities, reading and film reports, exams, and a term paper. Students will have the opportunity to produce a well-written and well thought-out term paper, following a three-stage planning, drafting, and revision process over several weeks.
10% Class Participation
20% Reading and film reports
30% Exams
40% Term paper
Exam Format:
Essay exams
Class Format:
Mix of lecture, large and small group discussion, independent writing, and multimedia activities
50-75 Pages Reading Per Week
15-20 Pages Writing Per Term
5 Reading/Film Reports
2 Exams
1 Paper
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 November 2018

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