Urban Sociology - Syllabus
303 Urban Sociology - Wiggins, Cleon - Independence - KC Accelerated - Park Univ -
Syllabus - Department of Sociology - Saginaw Valley State
URBAN SOCIOLOGY THEORIES. Urban sociology syllabus.
Urban sociology course documents: University of Chicago is the origin of Urban Sociology
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URBAN -SOCIOLOGY SYLLABUS -
Buffalo University Syllabus - Will examine social
aspects of past, contemporary and future city life such as neighboring and community in
the city, the economics of the city, and urban political issues. Sociological concepts of
status systems, race relations, deviant behavior, mass culture, is helpful.
1- The New Urban Sociology by Mark Gottdiener, McGraw-Hill 1994.
2- Streetwise by Elijah Anderson, University of Chicago Press 1990.
3- Free Enterprise City by Joe Feagin, Rutgers University Press 1988.
Northwest Missouri State University
Approximately 80% of the U.S. population resides in urban areas. This course will examine
the structure of urban areas and the processes occurring in these areas. By studying these
issues it will provide students with a better understanding of individuals and
GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. Develop students' knowledge and understanding of the structure and functioning of urban
2. Promote thought about urban areas, urban processes and urban life.
TEXTBOOK - Gottdiener, Mark (1994). The New Urban Sociology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Department of Sociology - Saginaw Valley State University -
Macionis, J. J., & Parrillo, V. N. (1998). Cities and Urban Life. Upper Saddle River,
New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Wilson, W. J. (1987). The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public
Policy. Chicago, Il: University of Chicago Press.
Short Essay Papers
These papers are designed to get us thinking about our cities in relation to the materials
that we are reading in class. Each paper is worth 40 points and should be approximately 2
- 3 pages in length, computer generated, one-inch margins, double spaces, and laser
printed. Due dates are listed on the course schedule. Topic for these papers are as
Essay 1 - Due September 19, 2002
A Brief introduction to the city which you are studying.
General History of the City
Demographic Information of the city (including: population, size, location, etc.)
Current information on the city (including: Mayor, current controversies)
Essay 2 - Due October 24, 2002
Discuss two of the classical approaches to Urban Sociology (with the exception of
Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft)
Describe the two approaches.
What do these approaches address?
How do they relate to your city?
Essay 3 - Due November 21, 2002
Discuss the 'underclass debate' and how that relates to your city.
SO 303 Urban
Sociology - Wiggins, Cleon - Independence
KC Accelerated - Park University
COURSE TEXTBOOK: The Urban World, 7th edition, John Palen, McGraw-Hill publishers
A study of the development of the city and of the social characteristics of urbanization,
ecology, social processes, group relations, and selected urban problems.
GOALS OF THE COURSE
The goal of the course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of concepts
surrounding the development of urban cities in the United States. This course will also
aim to better prepare students to understand, anticipate and deal with the myriad of
issues facing urban areas in this country.
After completing this course, students should have a solid understanding of the
complexities facing urban communities today, how many of the issues developed, their
impact on surrounding communities, and how best to deal with those issues and concerns,
particularly as they affect the residents.