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HIST 381 A - Urban History

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Examines the history of urban centers, paying special attention to the relationship between the city and its surrounding territory, the impact of migration and immigration, the delineation of space and the transformation of the built environment, and the role of a city's inhabitants in creating social networks, political structures, and cultural institutions. Course Information: May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary.

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Topic: Exploring Modern Cities Description: This course explores the experience and meanings of modern urban life, from the early 1800s to the present, in a variety of global locations, including New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Bombay, and Shanghai. Cities have long been viewed as symbols of what humans are, of what we do and make. We will immerse ourselves in this history and think together about how these places have been experienced and interpreted, especially how everyday city life has been viewed as evidence for thinking about such big questions as modernity, morality, transgression, sex, violence, crime, gender, class, race, ethnicity, power, and resistance. We will enter this history through scholarly writings, memoirs, interviews, primary texts, photographs, film, literature, and art. Course meetings will be on-line seminar-style discussions.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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