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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2006

ANT 345C • Urban Cultures

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30530 to 30545 Multiple Sections GEO 2.216
HARTIGAN

Course Description

The city is one of humanity's most profound and unwieldy inventions. This course surveys the culture of cities, exploring their historical development and their current dynamism. Our perspective will encompass the great global cities as well as major urban areas in the United States. We will frame the urban experience from a number of perspectives, examining the distinctive forms of expressive culture, ethnic and racial conflict, and political or economic activity that cities generate. Students will gain an understanding of the profound impact of new technologies, immigration, and gentrification on how cities grow and decline. We will consider each of these dimensions of urban experience from a cultural perspective, which focuses on how people create meaningful lives.

In addition to the lectures held MW, 9-10:00, in GEO 2.216, students must also register for one of the following discussion sections: 30530, F 9-10:00, PAR 310 30535, F 9-10:00, WEL 3.422 30540, F 11-12:00, RAS 313A 30545, F 12-1:00, CAL 200

Grading Policy

1) Two in-class exams (each worth approximately 30% of your grade). 2) One 15 page research paper on a particular city (worth approximately 30% of your grade). 3) Class participation, which involves attendance, summary writing assignments (denoted by *), and engaging in class discussions of the readings and films. Summary writings are due in class the day each reading is assigned. Summaries cannot be made up at the end of the course. Attendance Policy: Students are required to attend classes. Students with excessive unexcused absences (more than 3) will have their final graded reduced at least one letter grade.

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