CHID 250 A: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

WRITING AND READING THE CITY

Course Flyer: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
SAV 156
SLN: 
12140
Instructor:
Keith Harris

To conceive of the city as anything other than the intersection of flows, trajectories, interests, or processes would be a great injustice. Everyday urban life depends on material flows of electricity, water, information, the influx of food, and the outflow of waste, while it also creates ideas, communication, camaraderie, exchange, products, and violence. Some painters, filmmakers, musicians, and photographers have used the city as inspiration, while others - graffiti writers, performance artists - use it as their canvas or stage.

As a place where all these practices collide, the city has been studied from a wide range of perspectives: sociology, architecture, geography, urban planning, economics, public policy, and philosophy. In this course we will follow many of the crooked paths of knowledge and representation that have been carved through the city by the likes of Henri Lefebvre, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Teju Cole, Michel Foucault, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Glass, and Timothy Speedâ? Levitch, and perhaps even cut some of our own.

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Credits: 
5
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:11am