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Course Schedule for URBAN STUDIES - Spring 2017
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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4625 URST-101-01 Introduction to Urban Studies 1.00 LEC Annino,Julie M. R: 6:30PM-9:30PM MECC - 246 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.
5071 URST-201-01 From Hartford to World Cities 1.00 LEC Chen,Xiangming M: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - 138-9 GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The 21st century is truly a global urban age characterized by the simultaneous decline and revival of post-industrial cities in the United States and the co-existence of boom and poverty in the rapidly industrializing cities in developing countries, as well as by how globalization is exerting a growing impact on urban places and processes everywhere. This course adopts an integrated and comparative approach to studying the local and global characteristics, conditions, and consequences of the growth and transformation of cities and communities. Using Hartford—Trinity's hometown—as a point or place of departure, the course takes students to a set of world or global cities outside the United States, especially a few dynamic mega-cities in developing countries to explore the differences and surprising similarities among them.
5240 URST-210-01 Sustainable Urban Development 1.00 LEC Fu,Na TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MC - 303 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.
4554 URST-301-01 Community Develpmnt Strategies 1.00 SEM Cummins,Emily R. W: 6:30PM-9:30PM LIB - 103  
  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?
4557 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.
4550 URST-401-01 Senior Seminar 1.00 SEM Chen,Xiangming M: 6:30PM-9:10PM 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.
5315 URST-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
5245 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.
4556 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.
5199 AMST-325-01 New York and its Neighborhoods 1.00 SEM Manevitz,Alexander D. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - 131 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Founded as a small Dutch colonial port city on a narrow island inhabited by Lenape Indians, New York City became the most populous city in the United States, as well as a global economic and cultural hub. In order to better understand New York’s complex and uneven urban growth, we will analyze the ways a diverse array of New Yorkers struggled to define themselves and their communities. As we explore the dynamic history of the city and its residents, we will become better scholars and more responsible urban citizens. Each class meeting will focus on one of New York City’s diverse neighborhoods, using it as a lens to illustrate and investigate important themes of urban and American history that extend well beyond the five boroughs.
5017 AMST-409-03 Queer America 1.00 SEM Gieseking,Jack M: 1:15PM-3:55PM SH - T408  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  Drawing on interdisciplinary work in lgbtq studies, Queer America uses key spaces and scales as lenses and sites in this research seminar. From bars and community centers, neighborhoods and cruising grounds, to cities and rural Walmarts, websites and social media, students will employ queer theory to broaden their understandings of lgbtq spaces in the nation. The application of classic and cutting-edge work in geographies of lgbtq culture will challenge the seemingly normal histories and geographies of American life.
5231 EDUC-306-01 Cities, Colleges, Innovation 1.00 SEM Cancelled  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in any Educational Studies or Urban Studies course, or Permission of the Instructor.
  Collaborative partnerships between cities and colleges are increasingly seen as key to fostering urban innovation, but they also raise important questions about inequality and exclusion. Specifically, who is served by contemporary “urban innovation” projects and discourse? What can we learn from the troubled history of higher education’s role in gentrification and exclusion? How can cities and universities work together to promote new ideas that foster innovation and inclusion? Students will investigate these questions through theoretical and methodological readings on urban transformation and campus-community partnerships (including Trinity College and others) and a team research project in Hartford. As this field of urban innovation continues to emerge, our work will contribute to broader discussions on the role of higher education in shaping urban futures.