Power, Preparedness, and Precarity: Urban Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Power Preparedness & Precarity

Spring 2020

Taught By: Samantha Fox

Section: A

CRN: 5782

Credits: 4

We have learned to expect the end of the world as we know it: sea levels are rising, carbon fuel reserves are diminishing, global migration patterns are shifting. This course asks how new imaginations of the built and natural environments are emerging in response to climate change and the specter of future crises. How can we can orient ourselves—socially, materially, politically, and morally—towards a future that must involve radical change if it is to entail our survival as a species? Drawing primarily on anthropology, sociology, and urban studies, this course will be arranged around three themes: power, preparedness, and precarity. We will begin the semester by thinking about the built environment as an instrument of power and governmentality. We will then examine conceptions of crisis and disaster preparedness, drawing on case studies such as the European migrant “crisis” and Hurricane Sandy. We will end the semester by thinking about the Anthropocene, conceptions of the natural, and potential futures, post-human and otherwise.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:20pm 4/5/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:35pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 903

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020