Each year the H+U+D initiative will sponsor two undergraduate City Seminars, one devoted to a North American city and the other to a city overseas. The seminars will examine a single city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way that includes humanities and design. In addition, H+U+D will sponsor a graduate seminar that will be team taught with faculty from design and humanities disciplines. Topics for this seminar will be an outgrowth of the H+U+D Colloquium and change from year to year.
URBS/HIST 210: The City- Philadelphia
How do we “read” a city? What is the relationship between downtown and suburb, rowhouse and ranch house, shopping district and mall, gated community and public plaza? What is the meaning of place (“neighborhood” or “home”) and how are our lives defined by it? How do we function as both the producers and products of place? How does the hand of the past shape the present? Through reading sociological, historical, theoretical, and primary texts, maps and photographs, and through your ethnographic explorations and tours of the city, we will explore the presence of the past in the city around us, the evolution of social, spatial and physical systems, different kinds of urban and suburban places, and the encoding of wealth and power as well as inequality and poverty on the urban landscape.Download PDF View Course Details