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URBANST 16SI: Environmental Justice in the Bay Area (EARTHSYS 16SI)

Hands-on, discussion-based class that seeks to expose students to the intersectionality of social justice and environmental well being. Through student-led talks and field trips around the Bay, the course pushes participants to think about connections between issues of privilege, race, health, gender equality, and class in environmental issues. Students from all experiences and fields of study are encouraged to join to gain a sense of place, engage critically with complex challenges, and learn about environmental justice in and out of the classroom.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2016 | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

URBANST 25Q: The Origins of the Modern American City, 1865-1920 (AMSTUD 25Q, HISTORY 55Q)

Are we living in a new Gilded Age? To answer this question, we go back to the original Gilded Age, as well as its successor, the Progressive Era. How did urban Americans around the turn of the twentieth century deal with stark inequalities of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality? And what can we learn from their struggles for our own time? Students use primary and secondary sources in digital and print formats. Possible field trip to San Francisco.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Winter 2016 | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

URBANST 27Q: Sophomore Seminar: Three Detectives, Three Cities

This seminar will analyze the social reality of three historic cities (London in the 1880s and 90s, San Francisco in the 1920s and 30s, and contemporary Shanghai) through the prism of popular crime fiction featuring three great literary detectives (Arthur Conan Doyle¿s Sherlock Holmes, Dashiell Hammett¿s Sam Spade, and Qiu Xiaolong¿s Chief Inspector Chen). As a student in this course, you will explore why crime fiction is so popular, why the fear of crime is so much a part of modern urban culture, and why the police detective and the private investigator have become iconic code heroes of pulp fiction, movies, TV shows, and even video games. If you take this class, you will have the opportunity to write a paper and present your research on one of the classic literary detectives or on one of today¿s related manifestations of the same impulse in mass-market tales of superheroes, vampires, and the zombie apocalypse.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Stout, F. (PI)

URBANST 68S: New Orleans: An American City? (AFRICAAM 68S, AMSTUD 68S, HISTORY 68S)

Some scholars argue that New Orleans is not quite an American city, but is instead a cultural hybrid of Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. This course will investigate that claim by studying New Orleans from its colonial period to the present. Topics include colonial empires, the role of New Orleans as the largest slave market in North America, the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, Civil Rights, Carnival, tourism, religion, and state and federal responses to Hurricane Katrina, among others.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Modica, J. (PI)

URBANST 100A: Capital or Community: Housing Inequality in the Bay Area

How has housing policy played a role in the marginalization of various groups in the United States? Are there concrete ways of addressing the current housing crisis in the Bay Area? How are individuals such as Stanford students affected by housing, and how do they impact it? This one unit course aims to explore ideas about housing inequality as they intersect with marginalized groups in the Bay Area, including immigrants and people of color. We will begin the class by looking at the history of urban planning and housing policy in various cities to look at how housing issues have played a role in the nature of marginalized groups, and how that affects these groups to this day. We¿ll explore major cities such as New York and Chicago before examining the history of San Francisco. We¿ll later focus on current housing inequality issues in the Bay Area and a look at what community organizations have done to address these issues. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding more »
How has housing policy played a role in the marginalization of various groups in the United States? Are there concrete ways of addressing the current housing crisis in the Bay Area? How are individuals such as Stanford students affected by housing, and how do they impact it? This one unit course aims to explore ideas about housing inequality as they intersect with marginalized groups in the Bay Area, including immigrants and people of color. We will begin the class by looking at the history of urban planning and housing policy in various cities to look at how housing issues have played a role in the nature of marginalized groups, and how that affects these groups to this day. We¿ll explore major cities such as New York and Chicago before examining the history of San Francisco. We¿ll later focus on current housing inequality issues in the Bay Area and a look at what community organizations have done to address these issues. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the intersections that come with housing rights issues, especially as it relates to the Bay Area. The course is open to all students from all backgrounds and interests. Students do not need to have any kind of particular disciplinary training or specific knowledge about housing or the social landscape of different marginalized groups in order to partake in the class and the trip.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

URBANST 101: Public Service Internship Preparation (ARTSINST 40, EARTHSYS 9, EDUC 9, HUMBIO 9, PUBLPOL 74)

Are you prepared for your internship this summer? This workshop series will help you make the most of your internship experience by setting learning goals in advance; negotiating and communicating clear roles and expectations; preparing for a professional role in a non-profit, government, or community setting; and reflecting with successful interns and community partners on how to prepare sufficiently ahead of time. You will read, discuss, and hear from guest speakers, as well as develop a learning plan specific to your summer or academic year internship placement. This course is primarily designed for students who have already identified an internship for summer or a later quarter. You are welcome to attend any and all workshops, but must attend the entire series and do the assignments for 1 unit of credit.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

URBANST 102: Social and Urban Development in Beijing: Field Observation & Service Learning

In this course, we explore China's urban and social development through the lens of Beijing. We investigate issues such as land use and land rights, housing, education, migrants in cities, and the repercussions of unequal development and a frayed social safety net. BOSP students will communicate and share their unique perspective with students at the Stanford home campus who are also studying China's urbanization. While in Beijing, BOSP students will also have the opportunity to participate in documentary fieldwork: observing the city and its patterns of life, participating in field trips, and completing a service project with a Beijing community organization. Students will come away with an up-close view of the social implications of China's rapid economic and urban growth, and the ability to put a human face on the challenges of development. Note: Course is open to Stanford-in-Beijing students.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2014 | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

URBANST 103: Digital Humanities and African American History Black History in the Age of the Digital Database (CSRE 13)

The focus of this workshop is on the social and cultural histories and present conditions relating to social movements and the role of leaders and heroes in urban settings. The workshop seeks to foster historical consciousness of past struggles for justice through collective action as well as to introduce students to a diverse range of leaders of contemporary social justice movements. Additionally, as an underpinning concept, the course explores the changing meaning and importance of social and cultural heroes through history, literature, and music. Workshop activities will divided between sessions with guest speakers and classes held to discuss background concepts and material.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2016 | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

URBANST 104: Civic Dreams, Human Spaces: Designing Cities for People

Cities and real estate generate lively public discussions, passionate community meetings, and political shouting matches. But how does a project actually get proposed and built? We explore the key actors and influencers in the urban built environment, ranging from urban planners to real estate developers to community advocates. This intensive d.school experience aims to deepen our insights about stakeholders, so that we gain a more empathetic understanding of how a city is built, and identify potential opportunities for improving the process of urban intervention and regeneration to be more responsive to citizens and responsible to society. Enrollment by application only. Find more info and apply at dschool.stanford.edu. (Cardinal Course certified by the Haas Center). Course meets at the d.school in Studio 2.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

URBANST 105: The Hipster and the City: Race, Ethnicity, Hip-Hop, and Gentrification in Oakland

This course introduces undergraduate students to the theory and methods of the geospatial approaches to urban problems like gentrification through urban storytelling, i.e.,listening to the stories that people tell about their experience in the city and interpreting these narratives with the aforementioned tools and analytical framework. nn Using social media, History pin software, Detour (Walking Tours,) and other spatial theory and technical learning methodologies including Google Street view and Tagging collectives, we will take Walking Tours through Oakland to understand gentrification. Students will select one of five areas of Oakland and interview people and record their stories. This is a course that is place-based audio storytelling with the Detour software that is used in Stanford¿s Media X department.nn As an urban storyteller, the student learns that stories are place-based. Next, the student learns how to find a Narrator, who can tell the story, and; finally, the student mus more »
This course introduces undergraduate students to the theory and methods of the geospatial approaches to urban problems like gentrification through urban storytelling, i.e.,listening to the stories that people tell about their experience in the city and interpreting these narratives with the aforementioned tools and analytical framework. nn Using social media, History pin software, Detour (Walking Tours,) and other spatial theory and technical learning methodologies including Google Street view and Tagging collectives, we will take Walking Tours through Oakland to understand gentrification. Students will select one of five areas of Oakland and interview people and record their stories. This is a course that is place-based audio storytelling with the Detour software that is used in Stanford¿s Media X department.nn As an urban storyteller, the student learns that stories are place-based. Next, the student learns how to find a Narrator, who can tell the story, and; finally, the student must discover what the story really is.nn We will meet the President of SPUR, an important lobbying organization for Oakland. We will also visit rapper and political leader, Boots Reily, and Radio DJ JR, visit with the Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf, and finally an interview with Crazy Kyle, who is self-described as a ¿White Negro.¿ nn Thus, the Urban Storyteller is both an observer and a participant who speaks to us about race, ethnicity, hip-hop, and gentrification in the American City, such as Oakland. The Corner is the place-based site for the intersection of oral and digital culture. But the Walking Tour is more dynamic.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Brown, C. (PI)
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