Fall Semester 2020

CTYP 101/URST 101.  Introduction to Urban Studies – Julie Gamble

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.

CTYP 106. History of the City– Jonathan Elukin

The “History of the City” is an introduction to the origins and evolutions of cities, beginning with the first urban locations in Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. We will consider these questions: What makes a city? How did cities develop in other major civilizations such as those of China, the Islamic world, and the Americas? How did the city become a crucial engine for the development of human culture, including religion, law, commerce, education, cosmopolitanism, and empire? How have cities adapted to climate change, disease, and immigration? Through the study of primary historical sources and the image of the city in art and literature, students will acquire the historical context and vocabulary to continue their study of cities in the modern world.

Spring Semester 2021

CTYP 201/URST 201.  From Hartford to World Cities- David Lukens

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.

CTYP 200: The American City- Laura Delgado

This course examines the evolution of American cities since the early 19th century, from early, dense centers of commerce and manufacturing to complex, sprawling metropolitan regions. It pays particular attention to Hartford as an example. Major topics include the impact of technological and economic change, attemps to control and guide development,  immigration, conflicts among groups, and urban culture. The course will also track the evolution of American discourse about the cities as a social, cultural, and governance challange, and the eternal effort to “fix” urban life.