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URBST 105: Urban Politics

Leonard Rodberg

(Submission #11)

Course Description

This course examines the governance of US cities, especially New York City. It explores the historical development of governmental structures, political parties, machine politics and reform movements in US cities. Theories of power in the urban setting and the role of advocacy groups, ethnic organizations, business, labor, and other interest and activist groups will be discussed.

General Education Requirements: This course fulfills two general education requirements. Through its discussion of urban studies methods and techniques for studying social systems and the relationship of urban studies to other disciplines, this course fulfills the "Analyzing Social Structures" Area of Knowledge requirement. Because this course engages in discussions of the American political system, social values and attitudes toward government and society, and the role of urban residents in shaping those institutions 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: Existing
Existing Course Number: Urban Studies 105
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 2
Number of Seats: 25-50


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