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Urban Studies

URBAN 8, Introduction to Urban Studies    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces students to the multi-disciplinary study of urban society and space. Cities are examined both as complex social-economic groupings of people, and as material landscapes of buildings, pathways, and public and private spaces. Attention is paid to what cities are and have been (the evolving urban experience of the past and present) as well as to ever-changing ideas about what cities should be (urban planning and design for the future). While the overall perspective of the course is global, its primary focus is on the cities of North America and, in particular, the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This emphasis is evident both in the classroom and in field trips or other assignments that ask students to apply classroom ideas to our local urban setting.

Urban Studies 8 is the same course as Geography 8. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

3230   9:30a-10:50a F   HSS 251   Morris P S

   Arrange-1.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Morris P S

Above section 3230 is a hybrid class taught on campus and online via the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3231   Arrange-3 Hours    ONLINE-E   Morris P S

Above section 3231 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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