|Course ID:||GEOG 3630. 3 hours. |
|Course Title:||Introduction to Urban Geography|
|Theories of inter- and intraurban locations. Procedures in geographical analysis of agglomerated settlements, including demographic, economic, and social attributes.|
|Oasis Title:||INTRO URBAN GEOG|
|Offered fall and spring semester every year. |
|Grading System:||A-F (Traditional)|
LEARNING OBJECTIVES GEOG 3630
Students who successfully complete this course will meet the following learning
A basic understanding of the history of urbanization in the Western world.
An understanding of how and why cities take different forms over time, and an
ability to detect different layers of urban form in an urban landscape.
An understanding of the ways in which technologies of energy, transportation and
finance shape both changing opportunities for urban growth and decline and
competition amongst cities for economic development.
An appreciation of the importance of immigration and racial segregation for the
character, form, and economic base of U.S. cities, as well as an ability to
distinguish between the effects of different waves of migration on U.S. cities.
An ability to identify the influence of different models of governance and planning
on the development of U.S. cities.
This course meets the following General Education Abilities by accomplishing the
specific learning objectives listed below:
Communicate effectively through writing. This is met by a series of writing
assignments associated with supplemental reading and data analysis.
Communicate effectively through speech. This is met by oral presentations,
discussion leading, and classroom participation.
Computer Literacy is addressed through course administration, student-faculty
electronic interaction, and data analysis activities and assignments.
Critical Thinking is central to the learning objectives of this class, and is
developed through homework assignments, lecture, classroom discussion, and inquiry-
based learning efforts.
Moral Reasoning (Ethics) is an important element of this course, as it explores
linkages among human behaviors, economic development, differential cultural norms,
and globalizing forces. Moral reasoning is developed through lectures, writing
assignments, classroom discussion, and inquiry-based learning activities.
An Introduction to Urban Geography
The Origins and Development of Cities
The Evolution of the American Urban System
from The Urban Revolution by H. Lefebvre*
from The Image of the City by K. Lynch*
Cities in the Developed World
Cities in the Less Developed World
Regional Variations in Urban Structure and Form
Globalization and the Urban System
An Introduction to the Information Age by M. Castells*
Telecommunications and the City
Urban Land Use: The Changing Functions of Central Business Districts and
Landscapes of Production
The Urban Process under capitalism: A Framework for Analysis by D. Harvey*
The Urbanization of Labor: Living Wage Activism in Los Angeles by A. Merrifield*
Slicing the Urban Pie. Models of Social Geography
Urban Housing. Blight, Sprawl and Regeneration
Segregation, "Race," and Urban Poverty
The Racial Origins of Zoning in American Cities by C. Silver*
Immigration, Ethnicity, and Urbanism
Identity, Difference, and the Geographies of Working Poor Women’s…..M. Gilbert*
Critical Considerations of Poverty
Introduction to Partners for a Prosperous Athens
Partners for a Prosperous Athens Project
Metropolitan Governance and Fragmentation
Planning the Better City