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SOC 208 - Urban Sociology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: SOC 101  

This course is a broad survey of the origins and development of urban, suburban, and metropolitan settlements, with particular emphasis on the emergence and transformation of U.S. cities. Urban, suburban, metropolitan social problems and public policy issues are covered.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Exhibit an awareness of theories illuminating the field of urban sociology.
  2. Define the kind of problems facing cities and city residents today.
  3. Describe how Pittsburgh exemplifies some of the tendencies seen in cities nationwide and part of a larger picture.
  4. Critically compare and assess analytical viewpoints in regard to urban life.
  5. Compare and contrast the major responses given by urbanologists to the issues and problems that they have to confront.
Listed Topics
  1. Classical urban theory
  2. Contemporary urban theory
  3. Urban problems
  4. Pittsburgh as an historical and contemporary example
  5. Demographic trends and analysis
  6. Urban decline
  7. Urban public policy
  8. Possible futures for urban regions
Reference Materials
A survey-style textbook; articles and/or an anthology of readings and/or handouts; films; and guest speakers, as appropriate.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 5/18/2009
Last Reviewed: 1/26/2023

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