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Urban Studies 101: Urban Poverty and Affluence

Leonard Rodberg

(Submission #4)

Course Description

This course introduces students to the multidisciplinary field of urban studies, investigating why cities are places of economic and political opportunity for some but not for others. Compares major social scientific models and methods for studying urban poverty and inequality, and explores the major social, political, and economic forces that shape U.S. cities. Special attention is paid to the existence of inequalities based on race, class, ethnicity, gender, and/or sexuality, and to the analysis of proposals to reduce these inequalities.


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: Existing
Existing Course Number: Urban Studies 101
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 10
Number of Seats: 25-50


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