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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2010

GOV 370L • Urban Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38985 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
WAG 214
O'BRIEN, S

Course Description

This course introduces and explores the development of the urban landscape in America. Cities did not simply spring into existence. Their geographical and physical constraints combined with social, ethnic, and political pressures shaped and continue to shape their development. This course is designed to mostly introduce you to some ideas of urban politics in America. The first part of the semester concentrates on the development of the cities. This part of the class will focus primarily on the rural to urban shift in America. The second part of the semester will explore the move from urban to suburban living. This part of the class will look at more modern issues and topics in the cities (i.e. problems created by people moving out, financial attempts to solve these problems, new urbanism, gated communities, social/racial strife).

Grading Policy

I will be using plus/minus This policy is tenative and may change with minor changes Test 1 20% Test 2 25% Test 3 (Final Exam) 30% Paper Assignments 25%

Texts

• Judd, Dennis R. and Todd Swanstrom. City Politics: The Political Economy of Urban America, 7th edition. Longman Publishers, 2009 (this is a NEW edition from last semester) • Annual Editions, Urban Societies. 14th edition Mcgraw-hill(Supplemental Readings) (this is the same edition as last time I taught the class)

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