Urban Theory and Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Urban Theory and Practice

Spring 2020

Taught By: Joseph Heathcott

Section: A

CRN: 5442

Credits: 3

This is a course about thinking in, with, and through cities in a globalizing age. While we review key moments in the development of urban theory over the last century, the focus is on contemporary and emergent work and its application to a variety of practices in the world. Since we cannot see 'the urban,' or experience the whole of a city at once, we construct theory to help us make sense of the swirl of information that surround us. The deployment of theoretical frameworks helps us to describe, analyze, and interpret the world--until it doesn't, at which point we make new theory. Students enrolled in this seminar engage major texts in urban theory, produce theoretically-informed papers, and apply lessons to their own areas of practice. We move across scales, from the body and embodied experience to the spatial affordances of architecture and built environments, and from social structures and relations to the planetary expanse of urban media, ecologies, and forms. We examine and apply a wide range of perspectives, including Marxism, Feminism, Critical Race Theory, the Spatial Turn, Post-Colonialism, Queer Theory, Biopower, Phenomenology, Subaltern Studies, Cybernetics, Critical Cartography, and Assemblage Theory. We are particularly interested in the ways that urbanists combine theories in order to sharpen their frameworks and construct new intellectual scaffolding. Finally, throughout the course we consider urban knowledge as it emerges from overlapping and conflicting registers, such as the descriptive, analytic, normative, subjunctive, practical, and prophetic.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 3

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 9:32pm 9/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm



Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020