History | The City in American Culture
A300 | 2962 | Sandweiss


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

This seminar will introduce students to the history and form of
American cities from a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives.
The class will examine the US's evolution, first as an urban and then
as a suburban nation, focusing on the evolving metropolitan landscape
as a  site in which to examine the enduring tensions of American
culture.

In addition to its emphasis on "reading" the urban landscape, the
class involves reading and discussions of a variety of written
studies of urban culture.  We will use as our primary text James
Lemon's "Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits," adding to it other
works that look at a variety of aspects of city life at different
times in American history.  Assignments include a brief research
paper, an analytical review of a primary text, and a final
examination.