GUS Spring 2010 1177.002 Irby D

GUS Spring 2010 1177.002 Irby D - Black Males in the City...

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Black Males in the City Urban Affairs 1177.002 Course Syllabus Temple University - Geography and Urban Studies Spring 2010 Instructor: Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D. Email: decoteau@temple.edu Office Location: Ritter Annex 421 Office Hours: Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Office Phone: 215-204-1740 Department Phone: 215-204-7692 (leave messages with department staff) Class Time: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Class Location: Anderson 4 COURSE OVERVIEW Description This course examines contemporary issues that Black males face living in inner cities across the United States. Specifically, the course focuses on how urban policies shape the life experiences and outcomes of Black boys and men. Topics covered include Black boys’ and men’s relations to family, healthcare, labor, education, law enforcement, and cultural institutions. Using Philadelphia as a “learning laboratory,” students will develop a critical understanding of how various urban institutions, along with urban policies and priorities, help and/or harm the life outcomes of Black boys and men. The course will require students to write a policy position paper that explores an issue or problem identified in the course. Course Objectives This course is designed to acquaint students with the myriad of issues that Black men and boys face when living in U.S. inner cities. There is a strong emphasis on understanding how urban policies shape the life experiences of Black men and boys. Students will leave this course with an understanding of the key issues that our society must address to improve the opportunities, quality of life, and life outcomes of black men and boys. Course objectives are as follows:
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1. Students will understand how black men compare with other groups on quality of life indicators (education, employment, health) 2. Students will understand the unique challenges that black men face in U.S. society from the black male perspective 3. Students will attain basic knowledge of how urban policies (and policy interactions)
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