Spring 2012

Urban Sociology

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-227


Anna M. Curtis (Section 01)


All human beings must occupy space and place; this is a basic truth of physical existence.  Despite this shared need, communities vary immensely at the local, national, and global levels.  Studying the ways in which human beings create and share space can help us see how different components of society impact one another, including social institutions (like the family, religion, and the criminal justice system to name a few of the largest), individual behavior, and cultural beliefs.  Furthermore, urbanization is such an integral part of modern life that many of us have spent little time considering how such spaces emerged and how these places have changed over time.  Urban sociology is a starting point for considering these relationships.  Over the course of the semester, we will discuss the emergence of urban sociology as a field of study, the methods that researchers use to examine urban life, the relationships between the city, the suburb and the country, as well as race and residential segregation.

Limited to 25 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Lecturer Curtis.

If Overenrolled: First priority will be given to Anthropology and Sociology majors and following that to seniors, juniors, and sophomores.


2018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013