Representing the Urban
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 2006
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course addresses how different institutions, social groups, cultural intellectuals, and key thinkers represent (and therefore both understand and prescribe) the city, broadly conceived. We will examine these representations from a wide range of sources to understand how representations reflect, produce, contest, or illuminate social realities. We consider the work of urban theorists and thinkers, such as Georg Simmel, as well as authors, artists, and filmmakers, such as Junot Díaz. Students will examine the continuities, overlaps, and divergences of ideas across these sources to analyze how different intellectual histories and perspectives shape and are shaped by each other.
Open to Undergraduate students.