New course, Spring 2013
History 347A: Contemporary Problems - Domestic
Special topic: Making the Modern Ghetto: Origins of the Urban Crisis
Focus on the postwar transformation of urban America: causes & consequences of modern urban poverty, including:
- the "Underclass" debate
- racial and economic inequality
- urban planning
- the Prison-Industrial Complex
- the War on Drugs
- postwar popular culture
- hip-hop culture
The legacy of the urban crisis remains a haunting shadow narrative which contradicts popular assumptions regarding American exceptionalism and democracy. Students will be expected to ask questions and discuss what are often perceived as highly-charged, sensitive taboo topics. In examining this story we will not only engage the past but also the present and its most pressing issues. These, ultimately, are our objects of study: not lists of names and dates, but dynamic stories of change and how people cope with, understand, and challenge the worlds they inhabit.
- This course will be offered spring 2013 only.
- History 347; appropriate for any advanced undergraduate
- MWF 1:25 - 2:20 p.m.
- Counts as Social Sciences distribution credit
For more information Professor Michael Durfee, a one-year Assistant Professor in History, visit http://www.niagara.edu/history-faculty/faculty/381