Archived Versions

11.469 Urban Sociology in Theory and Practice

As taught in: Spring 2009

Photograph of homeless people.

A sad scene in the urban setting. (Image courtesy of hira3 on Flickr.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Diane Davis

Course Features

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce graduate students to a set of core writings in the field of urban sociology. Topics include the changing nature of community, social inequality, political power, socio-spatial change, technological change, and the relationship between the built environment and human behavior. We examine the key theoretical paradigms that have constituted the field since its founding, assess how and why they have changed over time, and discuss the implications of these paradigmatic shifts for urban scholarship, social policy and the planning practice.