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Urban Diversity: Urban Studies 103

Leonard Rodberg

(Submission #17)

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of urban diversity in the United States. It explores the different forms of identity, community and cultural belonging that dot the urban landscape, and analyzes the historical, social, political, and economic forces that shape the everyday lives of diverse urban populations. The course also analyzes debates over migration, assimilation, pluralism, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism and introduces students to urban studies’ multidisciplinary approaches for the study of diversity and inequality.

General Education Requirements: This course fulfills two general education requirements. Through its discussion of urban studies approaches for studying the social production of difference and inequality, this course fulfills the “Analyzing Social Structures” Area requirement. Because this course engages in discussions of the American social and political system, social values and attitudes toward society, and the role of urban residents in shaping their communities and values, it fulfills the “United States” Context of Experience requirement.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS)
Context of Experience: United States (US)
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Existing Course: New
Existing Course Number: 
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 2
Number of Seats: 50


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