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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 401
Course Title: The City
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Emphasis on the history, structure and function of cities. Current trends and issues facing U.S. communities. Impact of demographic changes on communities. Roles of corporations, governments, voluntary organizations and individuals in shaping communities. The impact of urban design on communities. New urbanism. Pocket neighborhoods. Intentional communities. Offered odd Spring. Prerequisites: Junior standing.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Junior standing.
 
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

City Lights
By E. Barbara Phillips (Oxford)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
The City Reader
By Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout (Routledge)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
The City Shaped
By Spiro Kostof (Bulfinch)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
The New Urban Sociology
By Mark Gottdiener and Ray Hutchison (Westview Press)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
Cities, Change, and Conflict
By Nancy Kleniewski and Alexander R. Thomas (Cengage)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
The Urban World
By John J. Palen (Paradigm)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
Suburban Nation
By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck (North Point Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Text
Recommended
How to Study Public Life
By Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre (Island Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Text
Recommended
Walkable Cities: HOw Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
By Jeff Speck (North Point)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Text
Recommended
The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City
By Alan Ehrenhalt (Vintage)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Text
Recommended
Newcomers to Old Towns: Suburbanization of the Heartland
By Salamon, Sonya (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Text
Recommended
In Search of Respect
By Phillipe Bourgois (Cambridge University Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Text
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  •  To understand the origins and historical development of the city.
  • To understand the community as a social system and the impact of community structures on individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • To understand how community problems impact the individual and vice versa.
  • To analyze the impacts of urban design on patterns of interaction within a community.
  • To understand the role and problems of minority populations in the community.
  • To understand contemporary trends in urban development.
 
Measurable Learning
Outcomes:
  • Describe the city as a social system and the impact of community structures on individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Describe the interaction between the community and the individual and vice versa.
  • Describe various groups and organizations which exist in and influence the community structure. 
  • Evaluate the how urban design shapes interaction in the community.
  • Critically interrogate the role and problems of minority populations in the community structure.
  • Describe the phenomenon of social change and the response of communities to change.
  • Describe the development of new community urbanism.
 
Topical Outline:
  • The history of cities
  • Definitions of community
  • Approaches to the study of community
  • The community as a social system
  • Spatial patterns in cities, urban design
  • Patterns of segregation in cities: class, race and family type
  • The role of minorities in the economic structure
  • Poverty in communities
  • Community power and social stratification and impact on the individual
  • Power, technology, and community change
  • New urbanism
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: August 25, 2014
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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