URB 201 / WWS 201 / SOC 203 / ARC 207

Introduction to Urban Studies

Professor/Instructor

M. Christine Boyer

This course will examine different crises confronting cities in the 21st century. Topics will range from immigration, to terrorism, shrinking population, traffic congestion, pollution, energy crisis, housing needs, water wars, race riots, extreme weather conditions, war and urban operations. The range of cities will include Los Angles, New Orleans, Paris, Logos, Caracas, Havana, New York, Hong Kong, and Baghdad among others.

SOC 210 / LAS 210 / URB 210 / LAO 210

Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas

Professor/Instructor

Patricia Fernández-Kelly

By taking a comparative approach, this course examines the role of social, economic, and political factors in the emergence and transformation of modern cities in the United States and selected areas of Latin America. The class considers the city in its dual image: both as a center of progress and as a redoubt of social problems, especially poverty. Special attention is given to spatial processes that have resulted in the aggregation and desegregation of populations differentiated by social class and race. Two lectures, one preceptorial.

SOC 227 / URB 227

Race and Ethnicity

Professor/Instructor

Patricia Fernández-Kelly

An introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity which begins by encouraging students to exercise some critical distance from the core concepts of race and ethnicity. Topics will include comparative racism, immigration, the experiences of the second generation, whiteness, the culture of poverty debate, slums and ghettos, and the debate over the "underclass." Two lectures, one preceptorial.

SPA 227 / EPS 227 / URB 237

Contemporary Issues in Spain

Professor/Instructor

Germán Labrador Méndez

This course will focus on current political, social, and cultural issues in Latin America and/or Spain, including social movements, new artistic developments, economic changes, environmental debates, globalization and culture, politics of memory, immigration and cultural conflicts, nationalist movements, etc. Each semester, the course will focus on one of two particular regions and countries, such as the Southern Cone, the Andean region, Central America, Brazil, Mexico and the borderlands, Spain, etc. This course will also strengthen the students' conversational skills through team discussion and oral presentations.

CEE 262B / ARC 262 / EGR 262 / URB 262

Structures and the Urban Environment

Professor/Instructor

Maria Eugenia Moreyra Garlock

This course focuses on structural engineering as a new art form begun during the Industrial Revolution and flourishing today in long-span bridges, thin shell concrete vaults, and tall buildings. Through laboratory experiments students study the scientific basis for structural performance and thereby connect external forms to the internal forces in the major works of structural engineers. Students examine contemporary exemplars that are essential to the understanding of 21st century structuring of cities with illustrations taken from various cities in the U.S. and abroad. Two lectures, one three-hour laboratory.

CEE 262A / ARC 262 / EGR 262 / URB 262 / ART 262

Structures and the Urban Environment

Professor/Instructor

Maria Eugenia Moreyra Garlock

This course focuses on structural engineering as a new art form begun during the Industrial Revolution and flourishing today in long-span bridges, thin shell concrete vaults, and tall buildings. Through laboratory experiments students study the scientific basis for structural performance and thereby connect external forms to the internal forces in the major works of structural engineers. Students examine contemporary exemplars that are essential to the understanding of 21st century structuring of cities with illustrations taken from various cities in the U.S. and abroad. Two lectures, one preceptorial.

HIS 388 / URB 388

Unrest and Renewal in Urban America

Professor/Instructor

Alison Ellen Isenberg

From the colonial era to the present, this course weaves together a comprehensive history of American cities and suburbs, cutting across social life, politics, economics, culture, and the built environment. Topics include urban planning and design, public and private spaces, social experience, urban investment and disinvestment, the metropolitan economy, politics and policy, arts and culture, city leadership, and the participation of ordinary people in shaping urban and suburban life.

POL 403 / CHV 403 / ARC 405 / URB 403

Architecture and Democracy

Professor/Instructor

What kind of public architecture is appropiate for a democracy? Should public spaces and buildings reflect democratic values - such as transparency and accessibility - or is the crucial requirement for democratic architecture that the process of arriving at decisions about the built environment is as particpatory as possible? The course will introduce students to different theories of democracy, to different approaches to architecture, and to many examples of government architecture from around the world (the U.S., Germany, and China in particular), via images and films. Might include one or two field trips.

CEE 471 / GEO 471 / URB 471

Introduction to Water Pollution Technology

Professor/Instructor

Peter R. Jaffé

An introduction to the science and engineering of water quality management and pollution control in natural systems; fundamentals of biological and chemical transformations in natural waters; identification of sources of pollution; water and wastewater treatment methods; fundamentals of water quality modeling.Two 90-minute lectures and field trips.Open to Juniors and Seniors Only. Prerequisites: Student should have some background in chemistry and an interest in water pollution problems.

ARC 492 / URB 492 / ENV 492

Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure

Professor/Instructor

Mario Isaac Gandelsonas

The Western city, American and European, has undergone a number of mutations since the Renaissance. This course will explore the complex relationships between different cities and architecture, between "real" cities and "fictional" architectural cities. Possible topics might include: urbanization as it affects contemporary life; the American vs. European city; the state of New Jersey, the exurban state "par excellence." One three-hour seminar.