Urban Sociology

SOCIOL XL 158
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the sociological approach to the study of cities and communities by applying urban theories and qualitative research methods.
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What you can learn.

  • Learn about the key figures in urban sociology who had a lasting impact on scholarly research
  • Understand the potential of the social scientist to shape issues of social and political policy
  • Gain awareness of how the efforts of urban sociologists spill over into the humanistic disciplines
  • Learn how to conduct research projects in the urban environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social science research methods, data interpretation, and the various ethical issues related to the research process
  • Understand the theoretical framework that guides urban studies research

About this course:

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the sociological approach to the study of cities and communities. By applying urban theories and qualitative research methods, the course integrates the field of urban studies with students' everyday experiences. Through this course, students will acquire the tools and skills they need to conduct field research and to cultivate new ways of interpreting urban settings. The course is intended to introduce students to the history of urban studies and to lay the groundwork for how contemporary social scientists approach the study of urban settings using scientific research methods.  Transferable for UC credit.

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