Class Schedules

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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated April 24, 2014 at 08:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
AMST 250-01  Race, Place and Space
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 217 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*Cross-listed with GEOG 250-01; first day attendance required* How do racial formations manifest in space and place? Through lecture and discussion, we will define what is spatial or “platial.” A discussion of visual culture will help us to engage the difficult practice of “looking” at race and space. Then we consider how race and racism operate at various levels of scale: women’s reproductive health (Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body), urban renewal (“Detropia” and Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff), and the planet (“A Fierce Green Planet”). Prior exposure to American Studies, Urban Studies, or Environmental Studies will help ground you in this course.

AMST 300-01  Jr Civic Engagement Seminar
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 111 Duchess Harris
*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required* This course examines the backlash against affirmative action in the late 1980s and early 1990s—just as courts, universities, and other institutions began to end affirmative action programs. We will learn how law professors of color created Critical Race Theory to resist a cautious approach to social transformation. These scholars favor a race conscious approach to transformation rather than liberalism's embrace of color blindness, and favor an approach that relies more on political organizing, in contrast to liberalism's reliance on rights-based remedies. We will read about Critical White Studies as the next step in Critical Race Theory. In focusing on whiteness, not only do theorists ask nonwhites to investigate more closely for what it means for others to be white, but also they invite whites to examine themselves more searchingly and to "look behind the mirror." To balance out the course, we will end by reviewing Dan Subnotik’s text, “Toxic Diversity.” He analyzes the work of preeminent legal scholars such as Patricia Williams, Derrick Bell, Lani Guinier, and Richard Delgado, and argues that race and gender theorists divert the implementation of America's social justice agenda. In the elusive quest for racial justice, is equality enough, and if not, in the words of Toni Morrison, how can we race justice and engender power?

ANTH 230-01  Ethnographic Interviewing
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 05 Dianna Shandy
*First day attendance required; declared and intended Anthropology Major required*

ECON 342-01  Economics of Poverty in US
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 305 Karine Moe
*First day attendance required*

GEOG 201-01  Introduction to Urban Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 05 Paul Schadewald
GEOG 241-01  Urban Geography
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 107 David Lanegran
GEOG 250-01  Race, Place and Space
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 217 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*Cross-listed with AMST 250-01; first day attendance required*

GEOG 262-01  Metro Analysis
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 107 Laura Smith
GEOG 377-01  Qualitative Research Methods
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm CARN 105 Daniel Trudeau
*First day attendance required* Social scientists use qualitative methods to understand the ways in which societal associations operate and how people experience, contribute to, or try to change these associations. Qualitative methods are thus concerned with analyzing processes and experiences. This course trains students in research design and to use qualitative methods ethically to collect data, analyze it, and draw authoritative conclusions. The course emphasizes how qualitative methods contribute to scientific research and how ethical treatment of research participants affects the practice of qualitative research. Above all, the course focuses on training students to conduct qualitative research that contributes to our understanding of human geographies. The course emphasizes training in interviewing and observation skills and being able to critically analyze data generated through these techniques. Students will develop these skills by engaging in a semester-long research project.

In 2014, students will help evaluate a program run by the Freshwater Society. This program aims to change the ways people perceive urban watersheds and help people change their behaviors in ways that positively impact the health of local water. Students will work individually and in groups to investigate the ways in which residents in several nearby Minneapolis neighborhoods perceive and interact with the Minnehaha Creek watershed, which runs through the western part of the Twin Cities metro area. Specifically, students will conduct participant observation, focus groups, and interviews with residents in these neighborhoods to understand how they perceive, interact with, and respond to the Freshwater Society’s educative programs and materials. Together, students will author a report for the Freshwater Society that identifies the ways residents come to adopt and reject perceptions and practices that contribute to the health of the Minnehaha Creek watershed.

SOCI 190-01  Criminal Behavior/Social Control
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 208 Erik Larson
*First day attendance required; seats reserved for rising sophomores *

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated April 24, 2014 at 08:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
AMST 244-01  Urban Latino Power
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with LATI 244-01 and POLI 244-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 341-01  Urban Social Geography: City Life and Landscapes
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Daniel Trudeau
*Cross-listed with GEOG 341-01*

ANTH 230-01  Ethnographic Interviewing
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Arjun Guneratne
*First day attendance required*

GEOG 341-01  Urban Social Geography: City Life and Landscapes
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Daniel Trudeau
*Cross-listed with AMST 341-01*

GEOG 365-01  Urban GIS
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Laura Smith
*$25 course fee required*

GEOG 365-L1  Urban GIS Lab
TBA TBA Ashley Nepp
LATI 244-01  Urban Latino Power
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with AMST 244-01 and POLI 244-01; first day attendance required*

POLI 244-01  Urban Latino Power
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with AMST 244-01 and LATI 244-01; first day attendance required*

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Courses at ACTC Institutions

Students may use courses taken at other ACTC institutions towards an urban studies concentration at Macalester. The following is a list of courses that may qualify. Students must seek approval from the concentration director to determine how a course will satisfy the concentration’s requirements.

Augsburg College

  • Art 249/349 HIS 249/349 The Designed Environment
  • Economics 110 Economics of Urban Issues
  • History 225 History of the Twin Cities
  • History 316 U.S. Urban Environmental History
  • History 335 American Urban History
  • Political Science 122 Metropolitan Complex
  • Political Science 140 Social Justice in America
  • Sociology 111 Community and the Modern Metropolis
  • Sociology 381 The City and Metro-Urban Plannin

College of St. Catherine

  • Political Science 2020 State, local and urban government
  • Sociology 3860 Urban Social Problem

Hamline University

  • Political Science 3690: Politics of Urban and Metropolitan America
  • Political Science 3700: Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Sociology 3440: Urban Sociology

University of St. Thomas

  • Geography 430: Urban Geography
  • Economics 333: Regional and Urban Economics
  • History 377: History of the Twin Cities
  • Political Science: Urban and Metropolis Politics and Government
  • Sociology: Urban Sociology