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Unformatted text preview: PPD 245 The Urban Context Spring 2012 1 of 23 The Urban Context PPD 245 Instructor: Lisa Schweitzer Office: 311 RGL Email: [email protected] IM: todinstructor on AIM; lschwei on Skype; you may text me any time you see me online; I also videoconference. Office hours: TTH 10 to noon, by appointment Look around you. You are in one of the most urban campuses anywhere in the world. In this class, we will cover some of the basic questions of urban study: What is a city? How do they form? How do they function? How do cities and regions (different things) affect policy and planning and real estate, and vice versa? In this class, we concern ourselves with all aspects of the city: the social, the material, the economic, and the cultural. We’ll find out what this means as we go along. Learning objectives By the end of the course, we should be able to: • Develop an understanding of how cities create a unique context for policy and planning; • Begin to learn the major concepts of urban study; • Understand cities as part of economy, culture, and power systems; • Describe complex urban phenomenon both verbally and in writing; • Pick up some urban analysis methods. Required and Optional texts Your first task for the class is to figure out a reading list and schedule for yourself for the semester. My lectures are to supplement to your own reading and reflections on them. You are to look at the topics and think about the timing of your readings. You should pick three of the following books to read. Reading and reflection on any of these books at any time will enable you to better answer the essay questions that will appear on the exams. We shall begin the semester by reading, as a group, a new book from last year: Saunders, Doug. 2011. Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping Our World. New York: Pantheon. PPD 245 The Urban Context Spring 2012 2 of 23 Other readings required for the exams will be on Blackboard. You have a choice for other books to read throughout the course of the semester. These choices will be covered in the Work Plan section Summary of Due Dates January 13, [email protected] … ..In-class group assignment # 1 due via Blackboard January 20, [email protected] … ..Reading Plan due via Blackboard January 20, [email protected] … ..In-class group assignment # 2 due via Blackboard January 27, [email protected] … ..Book Review #1 due via Blackboard February 3, [email protected] … .In-class group assignment #3 due via Blackboard February 10, [email protected] group assignment #4 due via Blackboard February 17, [email protected] … .Book Review #2 due via Blackboard February 24, [email protected] group assignment #5 due via Blackboard February 24, [email protected] … Class Takeover Proposals Due March 1, 2012 DURING CLASS ……… MIDTERM exam March 2, [email protected] ……… Book Review #3 due via Blackboard March 9, [email protected] ……… In-class group assignment #6 due April 6, 2012 @noon ……… ..In-class group assignment #7 (TBD) ....
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