City of Islands

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
City of Islands
Spring 2023
Taught By: Aurash Khawarzad
Section: A

CRN: 13234

Credits: 4

This site-based course explores how New York’s island geography has determined its development, infrastructure, and cultural life. Of the city’s five boroughs, only the Bronx is on the mainland U.S.; in total, about ten major islands make up the city’s archipelago. The course will begin with a historical overview, looking at how New York’s unique geography shaped its growth and development, before turning to present day challenges. Following the substantial damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, policymakers, elected officials, community advocates, and residents alike have secured resources and galvanized support to strengthen the resilience of New York’s coastal communities, although not without controversy and conflict. Through study of policy proposals, planned and constructed projects, and current practices, we will examine New York’s efforts to respond to, prepare for, and protect against the effects of climate change, and to address emergent challenges tied to the city’s geography. The course will include several site visits, accessible by public transit. Students will engage in multiple research activities, collecting data throughout the five boroughs, and will culminate their work in the course by producing an innovative proposal that addresses a related issue of their interest.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (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: 2:00am EDT 3/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 200
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023