Urban Syllabus

Urban Syllabus - Sociology 2169: Urban Sociology Spring...

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-1- Sociology 2169: Urban Sociology Spring 2011 Course Syllabus GENERAL INFORMATION Class Meetings: M W 12:45p – 2:00p Duques Hall 259 Instructor: Antwan Jones, Ph.D. 409C Phillips Hall 202.994.0266 antwan@gwu.edu Twitter: @AntwanJonesPhD Office Hours: M 2:00p-3:00p, Th 1:00-2:00, and by appointment Graduate Teaching Joel Denney Assistant: 409N Phillips Hall jd1281@gwmail.gwu.edu Tu 5p-7p (office hours) Texts: Gottdiener, M. and Hutchison, R. 2010. The New Urban Sociology . Cambridge, MA: Westview Press. Lin, J. and Mele, C. 2005. The Urban Sociology Reader . New York, NY: Routledge. Additional readings are on Blackboard under “Electronic Reserves”. COURSE DESCRIPTION Urban sociology emerged as an area of study from the rapid process of urbanization that took place from the late 19th century to the 20th century. By 1920, over half of Americans lived in cities than in rural areas, creating a more urban United States. This transformation had led to a changing American and global landscape, in addition to an emergence to particular sociological problems and phenomena. In this course, we explore the major economic, social and cultural changes of the past century. We use a social problems perspective to explore how the dynamic American landscape has marginalized particular populations in the United States. We specifically focus on inequalities along race/ethnic, social class and gender lines and apply these inequalities to urbanization as a process, the changing nature of social institutions, and ecological development.
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-2- LEARNING OUTCOMES This course is designed to focus on the development of skills and competencies that will help students to: Apply a sociological perspective, built upon an understanding of complex sociological constructs and theories to various areas of urban life. Apply social science concepts to important public policy issues. Articulate sociologically informed opinions and arguments concerning social and behavioral phenomena, and critically read and understand sociological arguments. COURSE REQUIRMENTS Writing Assignments (50%) Census Community Project (15%) Community Survey (35%) Non-Cumulative Exams (40%) Midterm Exam (15%) Pre-Final Exam (25%) Participation and Attendance (10%) Beginning of Class Questions (5%) One-Minute Responses (5%) DETAILS FOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS You will have two writing assignments worth 50% of your overall grade. These writing assignments will be discussed in further detail throughout the semester and a template may be distributed in class. However, all assignments have been uploaded in Blackboard under Assignments. Papers are to be typed in Times New Roman, Garamond (or similar) 12-point font
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Urban Syllabus - Sociology 2169: Urban Sociology Spring...

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