Urban Studies 101/ English 110

Urban Studies 101: Affluence and Poverty/ English 110: Queens, NY

In Urban Studies students will investigate why cities are places of economic and political opportunity for some and places of deprivation, discrimination, violence and impoverishment for others.  Students will also discuss different theories of urban poverty and inequality and examine the impact of immigration, racial segregation, suburbanization, public policies, and social movements on U.S. cities and on their inhabitants. In English 110, students will read texts in a variety of media – including film, poetry, fiction, non fiction, television, etc. – that will both challenge and complicate inherited representations of Queens. While Queens is a real, physical place, it is also a rhetorical place constructed of writing. We will consider the borough as a formative text, shaping and being shaped by our own critical reading and writing.

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