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01:450:240 46055 01 TF 10:20-11:40 AM Lucy Stone Hall-B269 Livingston Instructors: Toby Applegate and Peter Vancura Contact Information: Toby Applegate: B239, Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus, Phone: 732-445-2707 Email: [email protected] , Office Hours: 1PM-2PM Tuesdays Peter Vancura: B214, Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus, Phone: 732 445 4731 Email: [email protected] , Office Hours: TBA Course Overview: Cities are diverse and fascinating places where the pleasures of opportunity and openness are set against and within zones of social and economic marginalization and environmental degradation. Taking up the toolkit of urban geography will allow us to explore this diversity. This course will serve as a foundational introduction to the history, form, and function of cities. It will present an array of theories for thinking about urban change and touch on a number of reoccurring themes in urban research. The first portion of the course will introduce the field before highlighting some socioeconomic challenges in contemporary cities in the global North. After Spring Break, we will turn to cities in developing countries. There are fundamental differences between cities such as Bangalore or Abidjan and New York or New Brunswick. At the same time, cities in the developing world are frequently interconnected with those in the developed world, whether economically, socially, or environmentally. Furthermore, they frequently reveal similar challenges to social and economic representation and environmental justice. Special attention will be given to comparative examples that demonstrate this articulation and familiarity.
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