CHASS Connect: 2009-2010 Sequences

(Fulfills Anthropology, Literature and Fine Arts)

These three courses will move students through early conceptions of the city to modern urban practices. By exploring five 21st Century cities, historical London, and cities of Central America, students will have a clear understanding of the political and cultural uses of urban space.

Fall 2009
Professor Ashmore
The Mayan City

What does it mean to live in a city? Who's entitled to enter which building? Who gathers at public spaces? In this course we will explore these and other questions, in both contemporary and pre-Hispanic cities of Central America.

Winter 2010
Professor Haggerty
London and the Urban Body 1720-1920

We will look at English novels that center on London and the conflict between a character and the urban space. We will consider Defoe's Moll Flanders and the underworld of ethos of early 18th century London; Frances Burney's Evelina and the social space of fashionable London in the later 18th century; the melodramatic and dark urban world of Dicken's Oliver Twist; the gloomy nocturnal London of Stevenson's Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde; and early 20th century London as the setting for self-realization in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

Spring 2010
Professor Morten
Modern Architecture and the Metropolis

This course will explore the history and theory of modern cities through case studies of metropolitan areas with a rich urban culture and architecture. What distinguishes the modern city? How did modern architecture respond to the problems and opportunities of the industrial metropolis? What has happened to cities in the 21st century? How has the dominance of the suburb changed the city? To answer these questions, we will study cities where modern architecture and urban form flourished, such as Berlin, New York, Brasilia, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.