Fall 2022 - GEOG 261 D100
Encountering the City (3)
Class Number: 2889
Delivery Method: In Person
An introduction to key concepts and themes in contemporary geographical approaches to cities and urbanization. Breadth-Social Sciences.
Cities – their bright lights, spectacular buildings, and jarring contrasts – have sparked our imaginations for centuries. They are places of possibility and danger, of hope and disappointment, of power and powerlessness, of glamour and destitution, of production and consumption. They are often seen as different or special. They are frequently places where new innovations emerge and places that epitomize new forms of social organization. If you are interested in cities, if you are excited about living in one and by the opportunity to learn more about them, then this course is for you.
Urban geographers study the spaces, environments, and ways of life of cities. This course introduces key concepts and approaches in contemporary urban geography. It will draw upon examples from North America and other parts of the world. The following broad themes will feature in the course: The process of urbanization; the urban built environment; public space; inequality, exclusion, and segregation; politics in (and of) the city; suburbanization; city-regions; representations of the city; social identity and urban space; nature and the city; urban futures.
The course includes an Experiential Learning component: a Self-Directed Walking and Transit tour of Metro Vancouver. (I plan for this to be part of the course in Fall 2020.)
Note: There will be no tutorials in the first week of class
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students who complete this course will have an introductory-level understanding of key concepts and themes in contemporary urban studies; a clear sense of how geographical concepts, including space, place, and scale, enhance our understanding of cities; and an experiential understanding of how an urban region is shaped by social, political, economic, and environmental processes.
- Participation in online text-based discussions: 20%
- Writing Assignments: 35%
- Mid-term exam: 20%
- Final Exam: 25%
Andrew Jonas, Eugene McCann, & Mary Thomas (2015) Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.
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Required Reading Notes:
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