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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2010

SOC 321K • Urban Sociology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46370 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
WAG 420

Course Description

The course provides the student with an introduction to the study of the city and the suburbs. The larger focus of this class is inequality in urban space, with particular emphasis on specific cities in the United States (New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles). Topics to be discussed in this class:

* Formation and transformation of U.S. cities and suburbs
* Residential Segregation in cities and suburbs
* Migration to U.S. metropolitan areas
* The social structure of 'natural disasters'
* Sex commerce in major cities
* Drug trafficking and consumption
* Gang violence

Grading Policy

Class presentations (3 times during the semester) 40%
Final exam (10 page paper) 40%
Class attendance 20%


Bourgois, Ph., In Search of Respect. Selling Crack in El Barrio
Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. Dom├ęstica, Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence
Venkatesh, S. Gang Leader for a Day
Reading Package (including readings on migration, segregation, sex commerce and natural disasters)


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