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SOC 208 - Urban Sociology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Students in this course explore sociological theories and research about urban life. Central to this exploration are the historical origins and evolution of cities, human experiences of city life, changing spatial and demographic patterns of urban development, sources of inequality and social problems and public policy issues facing cities. Pittsburgh serves as a central example for much of this exploration.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Apply sociological theories to the study of urban life.
  2. Apply sociological research methods to the study of urban life.
  3. Identify current social problems facing cities and city residents.
  4. Describe human experiences of life in cities.
  5. Analyze trends in urban living in local, national and world contexts.
  6. Apply concepts of urban sociology to Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.
Listed Topics
  1. Sociological theories of urban life
  2. Sociological research methods
  3. Processes of urbanization
  4. Stratification and inequality
  5. Economic development and gentrification
  6. Social problems facing urban areas
  7. Spatial perspectives and the built environment
  8. Globalization, urbanization and megacities
  9. Urban planning and development
Reference Materials
Textbooks and other books, academic articles, news and media sources, publicly available data sets, online resources including video materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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