Sociology | Social Problems and Policies
S101 | 22147 | Cornell


Houses, roads, school buildings, street trees, shopping malls,
interstate highways, hedges:  all of these elements make up what
scholars of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and
the environment call Athe built environment.@  We can ask two
questions about the built environment:  What did people do to create
it?  How does it affect human behavior?  In S101 you will lean how to
identify the various components of the built environment and how to
analyze them.  For example, as we walk down an alley you might notice
that the residential end has canopy, sub-canopy, and understory
trees, while the commercial end has only canopy trees surrounded by
pavement.  You will use the knowledge you gain through this analysis
to design landscapes which respond to specific social problems.  For
example, if commercial areas had the same mix of trees as residential
ones do, they would be much more habitable places.  You will also
read about the history of cities, about the political and economic
forces which create them, and about contemporary problems in cities.
The course will consider cities all over the world, and through
history.  This is a studio-style course.  You will spend your time
visiting sites in Bloomington, drawing maps and graphs of those
sites, analyzing yours and others= work, and presenting your work in
class.  For example, you might take photographs, make drawings, plot
out a map, or construct a model to answer a question such as AWho is
on the streets on Tuesday at midnight?@  Two of the three portfolio
projects involve designing new environments for those sites which
respond to specific social problems.  Bloomington, Indiana is not the
topic of this course.  However, since it is nearby, and since its
social problems are like those in many other cities, it will be the
principal field site for the course.