Sociology | Social Problems & Policies
S101 | 3848 | Cornell

S101 Social Problems & Policies (3 CR)
Topic:  Envisioning the City
3848 2:30-3:45  MW  SE140

In S101:  Envisioning the City you will learn to understand how
landscape and buildings create different kinds of social spaces
which are used by different groups of people at different times
of the day, week, and year.  You will learn how to disaggregate
the various components of city life in order to analyze them
and put them back together.  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.  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 and contemporary problems.  The course will
consider cities all over the world, but the major field site
will be Bloomington, Indiana.

Other topics may include:
*The marks of skateboarders
*Occupiable private space/public space made private
*Public art and the creation of public space
*Developers versus preservationists?
*Making therapeutic landscapes
*Safe and sophisticated parking garages

This is a studio-style course.  You will spend much of your
time in class visiting sites in Bloomington and representing
their characteristics in a variety of media.  For example, you
might take photographs, make drawings, plot out a map, or
construct a model to answer a question such as "Who is on the
streets on Tuesday at midnight?"

Text:  Nancy Kleniewski. Cities, Change, and Conflict.

Requirements:  Three project, three tests, one portfolio