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Course Schedule for URBAN STUDIES - Spring 2015
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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2146 URST-101-01 Introduction to Urban Studies 1.00 LEC Laws,Serena TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM HL - 14 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course provides a general introduction to the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. Using a variety of Western and non-Western cities as illustrative examples, the course aims to give a broad survey and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of urban places. Students will learn definitions, concepts, and theories that are fundamental to the field. Topics covered include the role of planning in shaping cities, the economic structure and function of cities, the evolution of urban culture, community organization and development, gentrification and urban renewal, and urban governance policy.
2240 URST-210-01 Sustainable Urban Development 1.00 LEC Rickel Pelletier,Mary V. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MC - 225 GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  With the era in which city dwellers comprise a majority of the world's population has come a new urgency for understanding the balance between urban development and the environment. This course introduces students to the sub-field of urban studies which deals with sustainable development, including exploration of the debates on the meanings of sustainability and development in cities. Taking a comparative approach and a global perspective, topics to be examined may include the ecological footprint of cities, urban programs for sustainable urban planning, urban transportation and service delivery, energy issues, and the critical geopolitics of urban sustainability around the world. May be counted toward INTS major requirements.
2273 URST-215-01 Latin American Cities 1.00 LEC Figueroa,Luis A. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM LSC - AUD Y GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  NOTE: 5 seats reserved for first year students.
  Course examines the historical evolution and current dynamics of Latin American cities, from the pre-colonial (pre-1492), to the colonial (1492–1825\1902) and post-colonial (since 1825\1902) periods. A variety of sources allow us to explore specific examples from several cities, including: Buenos Aires, Bahia, Bogotá, Brasilia, Caracas, Curitiba, Havana, Mexico City, Montevideo, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan (PR), Santiago de Chile, and São Paulo, for example. Topics include colonialism, nationalism and transnationalism; urban slavery and race; rural-urban and ethnic migrations; industrialization and the urban working-class; urbanism, urban spaces and architecture; authoritarianism, populism, democratization and urban politics; gender and sexual urban cultures; and consumer cultures, sports and leisure, among others.
1866 URST-301-01 Community Develpmnt Strategies 1.00 SEM Colon,Melvyn W: 6:30PM-9:30PM MC - 309  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: Urban Studies 101 or permission of instructor.
  In this course we will explore the causes of neighborhood decline, examine the history, current practice and guiding policies of community development, and see firsthand selected community development strategies at work in the local communities surrounding Trinity College. We will pay close attention to the influence of ideas in good currency in the field of urban development such as smart growth, transit oriented development, land-banking and place-making. The course is organized around four questions: What are the underlying forces behind neighborhood decline? How and why did community development emerge? How has community development practice reconciled itself with current concepts that guide urban development such as new urbanism, smart growth, place-making and land-banking. What does the future hold for disinvested communities and for community development practice?
2105 URST-328-01 Transnational Urbanism 1.00 SEM Figueroa,Luis A. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM SH - N128 Y GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course explores urban history and the history of urbanism by focusing on a selected group of cities in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. It traces the global routes that urbanism has taken since Paris was transformed in the 19th century into the ideal city of modernity. Topics examined include not only urban space, planning, and architecture, but also politics and social movements, capitalism, and mass consumption, as well as sports, literature, and film. Throughout we will pay close attention to how each city's national and international context produced particular urban forms and urban cultures that nonetheless shared certain global patterns.
1870 URST-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  Prerequisite: Urban Studies 101 or permission of instructor.
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
1855 URST-401-01 Senior Seminar 1.00 SEM Chen,Xiangming M: 6:30PM-9:15PM 70VS - SEM WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 10
  Prerequisite: Urban Studies 201, Sociology 227 or permission of instructor.
  This course serves as a capstone seminar with two purposes. First, it provides a comparative and integrated treatment of the urban scholarship through an intensive and interdisciplinary reading of advanced books and articles, rigorous discussions, and in-depth writing. This course allows students to widen and deepen the cumulative content and experience they have gained from previous urban courses, study abroad programs, and urban engagement and internship projects. Secondly, by connecting and even tailoring some of the seminar’s content to individual students, the course prepares and guides students to undertake and successfully complete a senior thesis for the Urban Studies major.
2541 URST-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
2653 URST-497-01 Single Semester Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the director are required for enrollment.
1869 URST-499-01 Senior Thesis, Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 5
  Written report and formal presentation of a research project. Required of all students who wish to earn honors in Urban Studies. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.