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URBS 101 Urban Life: Personal and Observational View

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    Mar 23, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Breitzer is great at explaining key concepts and course content. She provides opportunities for extra credit and allows you to bring a sheet of notes for tests. There were two presentations and two field assignments.

    Course highlights:

    The course focuses on urban space and culture, urban economic development, labor and the city, as well as other topics.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The assigned readings are an important part of the course as there is no textbook. There are weekly blog posts that come directly from readings. The slides do not contain too much information so it is important to attend lecture.

    • Fall 2015
    • Rebekah Breitzer
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jan 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The course brings a lot of awareness to the area around you. I live in NYC and I learned a lot about the people, policies, and current problems around the city I live it. Overall it changed my perspective and I now feel more educated about the issues mentioned in this course.

    Course highlights:

    Some specific topics we discussed was the issue of homelessness and the importance of affordable housing. It brought to my attention the fact that there are more homeless people than shelters available and just how poorly this issue is being taken care of. The mayor recently proposed an affordable housing plan that actually will do more harm than good. The plan will increase rents and gentrification at a faster rate, therefore causing residents to struggle to find a new affordable home to relocate to.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course students will have to read the articles thoroughly and put in effort for the assignments. The course is a lot of work, but it should not be too difficult if you stay on track, complete the extra credit opportunities, and ask plenty of questions. Students will leave the course will a better understand of urban areas and more educated view.

    • Fall 2015
    • Rebekah Breitzer
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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