This course will examine the intersection of social inequality and urban life in the United States. We will analyze the manner in which race, ethnicity and class have shaped the dynamics of economic, political, and community life in American cities and metropolitan areas. The course will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the experience of African Americans. We will also give some consideration to the experiences of whites, Asians and Latinos. During the semester we will explore key issues including: urban growth, neighborhood and community life, urban economic development, housing, local politics, suburbanization, gentrification, redlining, residential segregation, the "Urban crisis," ghettoes, barrios, and urban poverty, ethnic competition for jobs, crime, "global cities," urban ecology, sprawl, and changing urban policies. We will give particular attention to the cities and metropolitan areas of New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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