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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SYA6475
Tracking Number - 1755

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-02-14
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-05-17
  2. Department: Sociology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 00-1263-000
  5. Contact Person: Maggie Kusenbach
  6. Phone: 42595
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SYA
  9. Number: 6475
  10. Full Title: City and Community
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): City and Community
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing or Consent of Instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Provides training in the field of urban and community sociology. Focuses on the field's early theoretical foundations, "classic" research, and contemporary debates. Concentrates on the U.S., although some cross-cultural comparisons will be offered.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Urban sociology (of which city and community studies is a part) is a robust subfield within the discipline of sociology. This course will add this important component to our graduate curriculum. In addition, our Ph.D. program proposal (awaiting BOT and
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Graduate students from sociology and other disciplines have "filled this course upon each previous offerings. It draws students from anthropology and urban studies. It is not part of the required sequence at present. With the approval and implementation of a Ph.D. program, we may seek having it approved as part of the required sequence.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? The course was offered as a Selected Topics course during Fall 2004.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in sociology with expertise in urban and/or community studies.
  29. Objectives: (1) Facilitate an in-depth overview of urban and community sociology.

    (2) Familiarize students with the historical foundations and "classics" of the field, as well as its most current and relevant debates, issues and studies.

    (3) Sensitize students to the importance of geography and the built environment in shaping the social lives of individuals and groups.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students taking this course will gain knowledge of:

    (1) theories, concepts, and debates within the fild of urban and community sociology; (2) social life and social problems in a wide range of American cities and towns; (3) how to study and revitalize urban communities.

    Students taking this course will improve academic skills such as critical thinking; analytic writing; data collection and analysis; collaboration; oral presentation

    Students taking this course will advance their careers through preparing a conference presentation; working on a thesis and/or publications; receiving critical, productive feedback to their work.

  31. Major Topics: (1) Urbanization and history of urban sociology;

    (2) Old and modern classics: A symposium on community studies;

    (3) Urban public space;

    (4) Urban neighborhoods;


    (6) Edge cities, suburbia, and gated communities;

    (7) Changes in small town America;

    (8) Urban problems: Homelessness and street vendors;

    (9) New urban development

  32. Textbooks: Jane Jacobs (1992), The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Vintage Press.

    Lyn Lofland (1998), The Public Realm. DeGruyter Publications.

    Rhoda Halperin (1998), Practicing Community. University of Texas Press.

    Setha Low (2003), Behind the Gates. Routledge

    Sonya Salamon (2003), Newcomers to Old Towns. University of Chicago Press.

    Mitchell Duneier (2000), Sidewalk. Farar, Straus and Giroux.

    Alexander von Hoffman (2004), House by House. Oxford University Press.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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