Urban Worlds: Social Justice and the Lived City

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Worlds

Fall 2022

Taught By: Joseph Heathcott

Section: L

CRN: 7558

Credits: 0

This course considers the many ways that we build, adapt, and live together in cities. With the majority of the world's population inhabiting urbanized areas, cities have become a crucial stage on which human social relations are made. And yet, we experience cities in incredibly varied ways. We bring our own personal and cultural values to everyday encounters with one another, even as political and economic forces sort us into uneven social relations. A fundamental experience of city life, then, is the process by which we navigate between our dreams and desires, on the one hand, and the barriers and deprivations of inequality on the other. This process results in a constant struggle for the city. We examine this struggle from the street corner to the globe and in between. Along the way, we pose several key questions: how are cities made, and for whom? How do we inhabit them? What are the filaments that hold us together? What forces and phantasms tear us apart? How might we carve out new social relations and imagine new spaces of transformation? The main goal of the course is to introduce rigor and complexity to the examination of cities. The first part familiarizes students with ways to approach and conceptualize cities. The second part explores historic transformations of cities in the context of social, economic, and political relations. And the third part applies these concepts to contemporary urban problems. **Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.**

Section P is only open to Parsons Paris students and will be delivered synchronously online.
[This ULEC is in category 2, Introductions to Social Research.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 100

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 1:14pm EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/18/2022