Policy, Research, and Social Change
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Urban Studies
Course Number: LURB 3140
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
What are the ways we can interpret, understand, and analyze policy? How have social justice movements understood and engaged policy as a tool for social change? What can we consider policy, who is involved in crafting policy, and to what ends? What are the consequences of policy? In this seminar course, we will track how social change is understood, imagined, fought for, and some the contradictions and complications that arise along the way. Readings include ethnographic case studies, critical race theory, and social and political theory. Students will develop a set of tools to analyze policy in relationship to social justice principles and movements and develop an ability to assess the politics, histories, and potential impacts embedded in policies. Students will also have the opportunity to develop an individual research project through which they will develop research skills and explore the relationship between theory, history, lived experience, and approaches to social change. This course fulfills the urban toolbox requirement for Urban Design and Urban Studies majors.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Undergraduate students.