We live in an urban world. The number of urban residents worldwide is already more than half, and it is constantly growing. The lives and activities of public policy analysts, planners, government officials, real estate developers, community organizers, and business leaders are shaped by this metropolitan world.
This course examines the twentieth and twenty-first century urban world as the context for policy and planning. We will explore the historical development of the urban world, its spatial and economic structure, its natural and human environments, the demographic and social processes that drive the ongoing transformation of the places we live, and the policies and regulations that mediate our dreams and aspirations.
Students will leave the course with:
1)General knowledge of history, economics, politics, and policy-making of the urban world;
2) Ability to relate the American urban society to that of the surrounding world;
3) A better understanding of the evolving spatial structure of the urban place;
4) An expanded comprehension of how race, gender, and class shape urban society.
RGL 101, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10-11:50am