Civic Imaginaries: Urban Commons

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

UTransLab Civic Imaginaries

Spring 2021

Taught By: Nidhi Srinivas and Eduardo Staszowski

Section: A

CRN: 7721

Credits: 3

This course studies cities and alternative visions of who they serve and who has a right to them. We are especially interested in views of the city as a space for sharing, for commoning. The first half of the course engages with the potential of such an urban commons, by pursuing questions of inclusion, equality and dignity within urban settings. Class readings engage with wealth, race and inequality, through a series of conceptual walks through cities, from urban theory, literature, films, and critical theory. Students then work with each other on two exercises. In the first exercise they develop a conceptual model of the urban commons (that is, ways that people cooperate with one another in sharing urban resources). In the second exercise students plan and undertake their own urban walk, fleshing out their model, and providing locally grounded examples of how it works. In the final part of the course students then pursue a project, based on an imaginary or real example, that pursues their own urban vision. The course concludes with student presentations of these projects.

This course is a required course for the Graduate Minor in Civic Service Design.
This course also counts as an elective course for the Graduate Minor in Creative Community Development.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 7:22pm 10/20/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021