Multicultural America: City-building, Social Movements, and Urban Change

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URB STD 150, LEC 201
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Jamie Harris
Course Dates
July 20-August 15, 2020 (4 weeks)

We increasingly live in an urban and multicultural world. Yet, cities are often divided by race and ethnicity. Why is that? This course will try to answer this question and others by exploring the intersection of multiculturalism and urban development and change.  Taking an interdisciplinary approach and drawing on several case studies, this course will look closely at how race and ethnicity have shaped, and continue to influence, patterns of segregation and economic division across the American urban landscape. The course will also focus on the role of immigration and ethnic enclaves and economies in transforming urban spaces in the 20th and 21st centuries. Treating cities as dynamic and ever changing, we’ll look at the ways different groups have used urban space to construct distinct community identities and to foster movements for social change, as well as how gender and sexual difference have been defined and represented in urban space. This course satisfies the cultural diversity requirement and provides social science GER credits.

Course Syllabus (.pdf)