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The Growth and Structure of Cities: 2007-2008

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsMinor RequirementsConcentration in Environmental StudiesConcentration in Latin American and Iberian StudiesVolunteerism and Internships3-2 Program in City and Regional PlanningStudy Abroad and Off-CampusCoursesDepartment Homepage

Description

The interdisciplinary growth and structure of cities major challenges the student to understand the dynamic relationship of urban spatial organization and the built environment to politics, economics, cultures and societies. Core introductory classes present analytic approaches that explore the changing forms of the city over time and analyze the variety of ways through which men and women have recreated urban life through time and across cultures. With these foundations, students pursue their interests through classes in planning, architecture, urban social and economic relations, urban history and the environmental conditions of urban life. Advanced seminars bring together these discussions by focusing on specific cities and topics.

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Faculty

Assistant Professor Juan Manuel Arbona
Senior Lecturer Jeffrey A. Cohen (on leave Fall 2007)
Associate Professor Carola Hein (on leave 2007-08)
Professor and Director Gary W. McDonogh
Visiting Studio Critic Sam Olshin
Lecturer Ingrid Steffensen
Assistant Professor Ellen Stroud
Senior Lecturer Daniela Holt Voith

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Major Requirements

A minimum of 15 courses (11 courses in Cities and four allied courses) is required to complete the major. Two introductory courses (185, 190) balance formal and socio-cultural approaches to urban form and the built environment, and introduce cross-cultural and historical comparison of urban development. The introductory sequence should be completed with a broader architectural survey course (253, 254, 255) and an intensive writing course (229 or substitute). These courses should be completed as early as possible in the first and second years; at least two of them must be taken by the end of the first semester of the sophomore year.
In addition to these introductory courses, each student selects six elective courses within the Cities Program, including cross-listed courses. At least two must be at the 300-level. In the senior year, a third advanced course is required. Most students join together in a research seminar, 398. Occasionally, however, after consultation with the major advisers, the student may elect another 300-level course or a program for independent research. This is often the case with double majors.

Finally, each student must identify four courses that represent additional expertise to complement her work in the major. These may include courses such as physics and calculus for architects, special skills in design, language, or regional interests. Any minor, concentration or second major also fulfills this requirement.
Both the Cities Program electives and the four or more related courses outside the program must be chosen in close consultation with the major advisers in order to create a strongly coherent sequence and focus. Cities courses that are cross-listed with other departments or originate in them can be counted only once in the course selection, although they may be either allied or elective courses.
 
Students should also note that many courses in the program are given on an alternate-year basis. Many carry prerequisites in art history, economics, history, sociology and the natural sciences. Hence, careful planning and frequent consultations with the major advisers are particularly important. Special arrangements are made for double majors.

Cities majors have created major plans that have allowed them to coordinate their interests in cities with architecture, planning, ethnography, history, law, environmental studies, mass media, social justice, medicine, public health, the fine arts and other fields. No matter the focus, though, each Cities major must develop a solid foundation in both the history of architecture and urban form and the analysis of urban culture and experience. Careful methodological choices, clear analytical writing, and critical visual analysis are also emphases of the major. Early and frequent consultation with major advisers and discussion with other students in the major are an important and productive part of the Cities Program, and part of what helps us all take advantage of the major’s flexibility in an organized and rigorous way.

Students with special interests should talk about them with major advisers as soon as possible. This is especially true for students interested in architecture, who will need to arrange studio time (226, 228) as well as accompanying courses in math, science and architectural history; they should contact the Program Director or Daniela Voith in their first year.

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Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in the Cities Program are at least two out of the four required courses and four Cities electives, of which two must be at the 300-level. Senior Seminar is not mandatory in fulfilling the Cities minor.

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Concentration in Environmental Studies

Students who wish to combine their Cities major with Environmental Studies should also talk with Ellen Stroud early in their career. These students should take the introductory environmental studies courses (CITY B175 and GEOL B103) as early as possible in their programs, and plan to take Ecology (BIOL B220) before their senior year.

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Concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies

The Cities Program has a cooperative arrangement with this Haverford-based concentration. This concentration entails competence in Spanish and completion of SPAN/GNPR 240 at Haverford as well as classes inside and outside the major chosen in consultation with Professor Roberto Castillo at Haverford and Cities advisers. The thesis topic should also reflect interest in Latin American and Iberian topics. This concentration also has links to a five-year cooperative M.A. program in Latin American Studies at Georgetown.

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Volunteerism and Internships

The Cities Program promotes student volunteer activities and student internships in architectural firms, offices of urban affairs and regional planning commissions. Students wishing to take advantage of these opportunities should consult with the advisers and the Praxis Office before the beginning of the semester.

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3-2 Program in City and Regional Planning

Over the past two decades, many Cities majors have entered the 3-2 Program in City and Regional Planning, offered in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania. Students interested in this program should meet with the program director early in their sophomore year (see page 29).

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Study Abroad and Off Campus

Programs for study abroad or off campus are also encouraged, within the limits of the Bryn Mawr and Haverford rules and practices. In general, a one-semester program is preferred, but exceptions are made. The Cities Program regularly works with off-campus and study-abroad programs that are strong in architectural history, planning and design as well as those that allow students to pursue social and cultural interests. Students interested in spending all or part of their junior year away must consult with the major advisers and appropriate deans early in their sophomore year.

Haverford and Swarthmore courses may fulfill electives in the Cities Program. They may be identified in course listings and discussed with the major advisers. Courses at the University of Pennsylvania may sometimes be substituted for certain electives in the Cities Program; these should be examined in conjunction with the major advisers.

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Courses

  • 103 Earth System Science and the Environment (Cross-listed as GEOL B103)
    Barber
  • 104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions From Egypt to India (Cross-listed as ARCH B104)
    P.Magee
  • 115 Classical Art (Cross-listed as ARCH B115, CSTS B115 and HART B115)
    A.Donohue
  • 121 Exploring Society by the Numbers (Cross-listed as SOCL B121)
    D.Karen
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 175 Environment and Society: History, Place and Problems (Cross-listed as SOCL B175)
    E.Stroud
    Introduces the ideas, themes, and methodologies of the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, beginning with definitions: what is nature? what is environment? and how do people and their settlements fit into each? Then moves to distinct disciplinary approaches in which scholarship can and does (and does not) inform others. Assignments introduce methodologies of environmental studies, requiring reading landscapes, working with census data and government reports, critically interpreting scientific data, and analyzing work of experts.
  • 185 Urban Culture and Society (Cross-listed as ANTH B185)
    J.Arbona, G.McDonogh
    Examines techniques and questions of the social sciences as tools for studying historical and contemporary cities. Topics include political-economic organization, conflict and social differentiation (class, ethnicity and gender), and cultural production and representation. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are explored. Philadelphia features prominently in discussion, reading and exploration.
  • 190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present (Cross-listed as HART B190)
    J.Cohen
    This course studies the city as a three-dimensional artifact. A variety of factors — geography, economic and population structure, politics, planning and aesthetics — are considered as determinants of urban form.
  • 203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries (Cross-listed as ARCH B203)
    J.Wright
  • 205 Social Inequality (Cross-listed as SOCL B205)
    D.Karen
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 206 Statistical Methods in Economics (Cross-listed as ECON B203)
    T.Vartanian
    207 Topics in Urban Studies: History of Architecture and Urbanism in Philadelphia
    J.Cohen
  • 209 Medical Anthropology (Cross-listed as ANTH B210)
    M.Pashigian
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 210 Natural Hazards (Cross-listed as GEOL B209)
    A.Weil
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 212 Medieval Architecture (Cross-listed as HART B212)
    D.Kinney
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 213 Taming the Modern Corporation (Cross-listed as ECON B213)
    D.Ross
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 214 Public Finance (Cross-listed as ECON B214)
    R.Stahnke
  • 215 Urban Economics (Cross-listed as ECON B215)
    Staff
  • 217 Research Methods and Theories
    J.Arbona
    This course engages quantitative, qualitative and spatial techniques in the investigation and analysis of urban issues. While the emphasis is on designing research strategies in the context of public policy, students interested in other areas should also consider this course. This course is designed to help students prepare for their senior thesis. Form and topic will vary.
  • 218 Globalization and the City
    J.Arbona
    This course introduces students to contemporary issues related to the urban built environment in Africa, Asia and Latin America (collectively referred to as the Third World or developing countries) and the implications of recent political and economic changes. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 221 U.S. Economic History (Cross-listed as ECON B221)
    S.Redenius
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 222 Introduction to Environmental Issues: Policy-Making in Comparative Perspective (Cross-listed as POLS B222)
    C.Hager
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 225 Economic Development (Cross-listed as ECON B225)
    M.Rock
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 226 Introduction to Architectural and Urban Design
    S.Olshin, D.Voith
    This studio design course introduces the principles of architectural and urban design. Prerequisites: some history of art or history of architecture and permission of instructor.
  • 227 Topics in Modern Planning (Cross-listed as HART B227)
    C.Hein
    Provides a general overview of themes in planning or of specific cities, depending on year and professor. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 228 Problems in Architectural Design
    S.Olshin, D.Voith
    A continuation of CITY 226 at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: CITY 226 or other comparable design work and permission of instructor.
  • 229 Comparative Urbanism: Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities (Cross-listed as ANTH B229 and EAST B229)
    G.McDonogh
    An examination of approaches to urban development that focuses on intensive study and systematic comparison of individual cities through an original research paper developed through multiple drafts. In 2007, the class will grapple with issues of power and discrimination embedded in the colonial city, decolonization and post-colonialism, focusing on Hong Kong, Belfast (Northern Ireland), French North Africa and cities of the Mexican-American border,
  • 230 Topics in German Cultural Studies (Cross-listed as GERM B223)
    D.Kenosian
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 232 Latin American Urban Development (Cross-listed as HART B232)
    J.Arbona
    A theoretical and empirical analysis in a historical setting of the factors that have shaped the urban development of Latin America, with emphasis on the relationship between political and social change and economic growth. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 234 Environmental Economics (Cross-listed as ECON B234)
    M.Rock
  • 237 Themes in Modern African History: Urbanization in Africa (Cross-listed as HIST B237)
    K.Ngalamulume
    238 The Economics of Globalization (Cross-listed as ECON B236)
    J.Ceglowski
  • 242 Urban Field Research Methods (Cross-listed as ANTH B242 and SOCL B242)
    A.Takenaka
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East (Cross-listed as ARCH B244, HIST B244 and POLS B244)
    M.Ataç
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 247 Topics: German Cultural Studies (Cross-listed as GERM B223 and HIST B247)
    D.Kenosian
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 248 Modern Middle East Cities (Cross-listed as HEBR B248 and POLS B248)
    D.Harrold 
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 249 Asian American Communities (Cross-listed as ANTH B249 and SOCL B249)
    A.Takenaka
  • 253 Survey of Western Architecture (Cross-listed as HART B253)
    D.Cast
    The major traditions in Western architecture are illustrated through detailed analysis of selected examples from classical antiquity to the present. The evolution of architectural design and building technology, and the larger intellectual, aesthetic and social context in which this evolution occurred, are considered.
  • 254 History of Modern Architecture (Cross-listed as HART B254)
    I.Steffensen
    A survey of the development of modern architecture since the 18th century, the course concentrates on the period since 1890.
  • 255 Survey of American Architecture (Cross-listed as HART B255)
    I.Steffensen
    The course examines forms, figures, contexts, and imaginations, in the construction of the American built environment from colonial times to the present.
  • 258 L’espace réinventé (Cross-listed as FREN B258)
    L.Anderson
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 259 Pompeii (Cross-listed as ARCH B252)
    P.Webb
  • 260 Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome (Cross-listed as ARCH B255, CSTS B255 and HIST B285)
    R.Scott, J.Wright
  • 266 Schools in American Cities (Cross-listed as EDUC B266 and SOCL B266)
    J.Cohen
  • 267 History of Philadelphia, 1682 to Present (Cross-listed as HIST B267)
    E.Shore
  • 268 Greek and Roman Architecture (Cross-listed as ARCH B268 and HART B268)
    P.Webb
  • 270 Japanese Architecture and Planning (Cross-listed as EAST B270 and HART B270)
    C.Hein
    The built environment in Japan does not resemble its American or European counterparts, leading visitors to characterize it as visually chaotic even as recent observers praise its lively traditional neighborhoods. This course explores characteristics of Japanese cities, their history and presence, and examines the particular cultural, political, economic and social contexts of urban form in Japan. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 273 Topics in Early and Medieval China (Cross-listed as EAST B272 and HART B272)
    P.Lin
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 278 American Environmental History (Cross-listed as HIST B278)
    E.Stroud
    Explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, development of ideas about nature and the history of environmental activism. Explores definitions of nature, environment and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
  • CITY 286 Themes in British Empire:  Birth of Nations, Nationalism and Decolonization in South Asia 1880s-1970s (Cross-listed as HIST B286 and POLS B286)
    M.Kale
  • 303 Topics in American History (Cross-listed as HIST B303)
    E.Shore
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 305 Ancient Athens: Monuments and Art (Cross-listed as ARCH B305)
    S.Miller-Collett
    Not offered in 2007-08.
    306 Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in Time
    J.Cohen
    A seminar and workshop for research into the history of place, with student projects presented in digital form on the Web. Architectural and urban history, researchmethods and resources for probing the history of place, the use of tools for creating Web pages and digitizing images, and the design for informational experiences are examined. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 312 Topics in Medieval Art (Cross-listed as HART B311)
    M.Easton
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 314 Topics in Social Policy (Cross-listed as ECON B314)
    Staff
  • 319 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Kafka’s Prague (Cross-listed as GERM B321)
    D.Kenosian
  • 321 Technology and Politics (Cross-listed as POLS B321)
    C.Hager
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 323 Topics in Renaissance Art: The Fresco as Public Art (Cross-listed as HART B323)
    D.Cast
  • 328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS (Cross-listed as ARCH B328, BIOL B328 and GEOL B328)
    Staff
  • 330 Comparative Economic Sociology: Societies of the North and South (Cross-listed as SOCL B330)
    M.Osirim
  • 334 Seminar on the Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (Cross-listed as ECON B324)
    Staff 
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 335 Mass Media and the City (Cross-listed as ANTH B335)
    G.McDonogh
    Examines urban culture as a ground for conflict, domination and resistance.  We will work with both theoretical and applied analysis of production, texts, readings and social action within a political/economic framework. Topics include imagery, ownership, boundaries, creation of audience and public spheres and reinterpretation. We will also consider the implications of critical cultural policy for contemporary cities. Materials are drawn from U.S. and global media, from comics to the Internet, with special emphasis on film, news, and television.
  • 336 East Asian Development (Cross-listed as EAST B335 and ECON B335)
    M.Rock
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 338 The New African Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States (Cross-listed as SOCL B338)
    Staff
  • 339 The Policy Making Process (Cross-listed as POLS B339)
    M.Golden
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
    E.Stroud
    This year’s seminar will focus on the environmental history of the body. We will study how technology, environment and culture have changed and been changed by the human body, bodily experiences and ideas about human bodies. We will look at how changes in diet, labor and landscape have affected the physical body; how changes in medicine, politics and law have affected ideas about the body; and how those ideas have affected people’s understandings, experiences and manipulations of their own bodies, the bodies of others and their broader environments.
  • 348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict (Cross-listed as POLS B348)
    D.Ross 
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 355 Topics in the History of London (Cross-listed as HART B355)
    D.Cast
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 360 Topics in Urban Culture and Society: The Right to the City (Cross-listed as ANTH B359)
    J.Arbona
    Class relations, conflictive and creative, are at the heart of urban change. While working class movements and elite domination are central to our discussions of urban culture, the emergence, demands and anxieties of urban middle classes often have been treated as a backdrop for any discussion. This seminar will bring the nature, divisions, impact and fear of middle classes worldwide into sharper focus, drawing on historical and contemporary materials from Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
  • 365 Techniques of the City
    G.McDonogh
    Critical reflections on the technologies and methods of the urban planning enterprise — including the investigations, which shape our vision of the city. Topics include construction and reproduction of social models, urban infrastructure, modes of representation and patterns of control. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 368 Topics in Medieval History (Cross-listed as CSTS B368 and HIST B368)
    Staff
    Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 377 Topics in Modern Architecture (Cross-listed as HART B377)
    I.Steffensen
    Topics course; course content varies. The topic for Fall 2007 is Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier; the topic for Spring 2008 is Art Museums.
  • 378 The Architecture and Planning of American Collegiate Campuses
    Staff
    Explores the architecture, planning, and visual rhetoric, of American collegiate campuses from their early history to the present. Historical consideration of design trends and projected imageries will be complemented by student exercises involving documentary research on design genesis and contexts, discussion of critical reception, evidence of contemporary performance and perception, and digital presentation. Not offered in 2007-08.
  • 397 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (Cross-listed as ANTH B397, BIOL B397 and GEOL B397)
    D.Barber, E.Stroud
  • 398 Senior Seminar
    J.Arbona, G.McDonogh, I.Steffensen, E.Stroud
    An intensive research seminar designed to guide students in writing a senior thesis.
  • 399 Senior Thesis
    Staff
    Students can write a senior thesis written as an independent study in the spring under extraordinary circumstances and with special permission.
  • 403 Independent Study
    Staff
  • 415 Teaching Assistant
    Staff
    This opportunity is available only by invitation.
  • 425 Cities: Praxis Independent Study
    Staff
  • 450 Urban Internships
    Staff
    Individual opportunities to engage in praxis in the greater Philadelphia area; internships must be arranged prior to registration for the semester in which the internship is taken. Enrollment is limited to five students a semester. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

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