Deconstructing Cities
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NSOC 2710
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Urban Studies
  • Urban Environment
  • Urban Design
This is an introductory urban studies course that exposes students to innovative ways of understanding cities and the social disparities they manifest. The class focuses on contemporary urban issues including income inequality, segregation, gentrification, homelessness, immigration, media and culture, and social control. Students learn to analyze such problems by looking at economic, political, and social processes occurring simultaneously on different scales--global, local, personal--and how they unfold through space and over time. Using New York City as a benchmark, students explore urban contexts in comparative international perspective by researching an urban issue in a global city of their choice. The course satisfies core introductory lecture requirements for urban studies majors studying primarily online.
Course Open to: Degree Students