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Spring 2019 Urban Studies UN3310 section 001

Call Number 01268
Day & Time
MW 10:10am-11:25am
302 Barnard Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alexandra Freidus
Course Description Many people don’t think of themselves as having attended segregated schools.  And yet, most of us went to schools attended primarily by people who looked very much like us.  In fact, schools have become more segregated over the past 30 years, even as the country becomes increasingly multiracial.  In this class, we will use public schools as an example to examine the role race plays in shaping urban spaces and institutions.
We will begin by unpacking the concept of racialization, or the process by which a person, place, phenomenon, or characteristic becomes associated with a certain race. Then, we will explore the following questions: What are the connections between city schools and their local contexts?  What does it mean to be a “neighborhood school”?  How do changes in neighborhoods change schools?  We will use ethnographies, narrative non-fiction, and educational research to explore these questions from a variety of perspectives.  You will apply what you have learned to your own experiences and to current debates over urban policies and public schools.
This course will extend your understanding of key anthropological and sociological perspectives on urban inequality in the United States, as well as introduce you to critical theory. 
Web Site Vergil
Department Urban Studies @Barnard
Enrollment 33 students (40 max) as of 8:06PM Monday, August 19, 2019
Subject Urban Studies
Number UN3310
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20191URBS3310W001

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