Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Exciting New Course for Spring 2013

New course, Spring 2013

History 347A: Contemporary Problems - Domestic
Special topic: Making the Modern Ghetto: Origins of the Urban Crisis

Course description: 

Focus on the postwar transformation of urban America: causes & consequences of modern urban poverty, including:
  • the "Underclass" debate
  • racial and economic inequality
  • urban planning
  • deindustrialization
  • suburbanization
  • 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

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