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Urban Studies

Credits:
1

This course, which is currently open only to first-year Bonner and Day Scholars, offers an opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges and opportunities to Rhodes students doing engagement work in the city of Memphis. The class has three interlocking goals: 1) provide an introduction to historical and contemporary topics in the Memphis area; 2) offer opportunities for students to reflect on the first year of their work on campus and in the community and to enrich that work throughout their Rhodes career 3) explore connections for between the work of Bonner and Day Scholars in Memphis and their other academic interests. In weekly meetings, students will examine and explore these topics through a variety of activities.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F8, F11

An interdisciplinary approach to examining issues and institutions in American cities; neighborhoods, downtowns, suburbs, housing,
poverty, environmental justice, nonprofits and city politics; discussion of urban public and social policies; field trips or service learning
will be used to do hands on analysis of urban issues.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F2i, F8

This course examines the history of urbanization from a geographic perspective. This entails an analysis of the historical development of
cities and an investigation of the spatial theories utilized to understand the causes of urbanization and its impacts on everyday life. The
course begins with a discussion of key concepts such as industrialization, urban political-economy, suburbanization, and the ghetto/inner
city. The course then focuses on four inter-related urban processes: working in the city, governing the city, living in the city, and urban
social movements. This course begins to tell a more complete story of the urban form and the way in which this mode of life continues to
alter human institutions and social relations well beyond the boundaries of the city.

Credits:
4

This course focuses on public health principles and concepts. It will provide a framework for understanding public health’s role in community health, prevention, and medicine. Using the five core public health knowledge areas and the ten essential public health services as a basis, students will examine public health infrastructure, surveillance, social determinants of health, policy, and emerging issues.  In addition, the course will weave public health areas such as chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, maternal and child health, and injury into discussions and assignments.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F8

This course focuses on the production of health inequalities and the policy interventions proposed to reduce them, with an emphasis on
US cities and Memphis. The course begins by examining the concept of health and its key social determinants. The remainder of the
course focuses on applying these conceptual foundations to evaluate community health policies, including access to health care, obesity,
gun violence, and environmental health. It uses Memphis as a case study through which to understand many of the challenges of urban
health, as well as the potential policy interventions.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F9

This course focuses on helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to interact effectively in diverse cultural
contexts. Multiple pedagogical strategies are used to foster student growth including: (1) exposing students to interdisciplinary
scholarship that contextualizes the experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds, (2) requiring students to continually reflect
on how their own cultural identities have influenced their values, beliefs, and worldviews, and (3) providing multiple opportunities for
students to practice and enhance their intercultural competence skills. Although the course focuses primarily on the experiences of
diverse cultural groups within the US, the skills learned should be transferable across multiple contexts.

Credits:
2

In the course, students will join the Mike Curb Institute for Music to explore and understand the richness and complexity of Memphis
through research and study, refection, and real-world experience. Theories and best practices of community integrative education will be
studied and applied to tangible projects though the unifying theme of music and community. Students will come to this class from
multiple backgrounds (Music, Film, Art, Urban Studies, History, English, Business, Computer Science, etc.) that will inform a variety of
projects related to recording, marketing, entrepreneurship, music outreach and education, research, preservation, design, or performance.
They will meet together to discuss and reflect on how their experiences in the class connect with what they have learned in other classes,
and how their projects connect to each other and the city of Memphis. Students will also explore and reflect on how experiences like
these shape their outlook on urban spaces and the role of the arts in these spaces.

Credits:
4

Study of selected topics in urban studies. Varies with instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Credits:
4

Nonprofits have always performed an important role in the production and maintenance of healthy cities. From early settlement houses,
soup kitchens, garden clubs and dispensaries to present day community development organizations, charter schools, hospitals and afterschool
programs, nonprofits provide much of the social, political, and economic infrastructure that allow urban residents to live healthy
and productive lives. This course utilizes a political-economic perspective to examine the history of urban nonprofits in the United
States. It explores the legal frameworks and financing that allow nonprofits to serve the community as well as the wide variety of
services nonprofits provide. It concludes with an assessment of the nonprofit environment in Memphis

Prerequisites:
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Credits:
4

Critical Political Economy is the study of the entanglement of economic and political processes. This course examines these relationships as they intersect with cities. The course will use Marx and his interpreters to investigate how neoliberal capitalism is shaping urban life, and how cities are central to capitalist production. This course seeks to understand contemporary challenges such as urban poverty, segregation, violence and gentrification as expressions of contradictions within capitalism itself, rather than the outcome of exclusively individual (e.g. personal responsibility) or political decisions (e.g. ineffective government).  Students can expect to leave this course with a strong foundation in Marxist political economy and economic geography as these theories relate to understanding urban life.

 

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F11

This course provides the opportunity for students to integrate academic understandings, research skills, and community based learning.
Students, faculty, and community partners design and conduct field research addressing an urban challenge or issue.

Credits:
4

Advanced study of selected topics in urban studies. Varies with instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Credits:
2

In the course, students will join the Mike Curb Institute for Music to explore and understand the richness and complexity of the urban
setting of Memphis through research, refection, and real-world experience. Theories and best practices of Community Integrative
Education will be studied and applied to tangible projects though the unifying theme of music and community.
This class will be taught simultaneously with URBN 262, with students in URBN 362 working as student leaders and mentors for the
projects. Students will work to develop and reflect on their own personal leadership skills and thoughts on becoming engaged citizens.

Credits:
4

This course will examine different ways of undertaking urban research. One goal will be to link substantive research questions to
appropriate research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches. A second goal will be to develop a critical
understanding of research on cities through analysis and practice.

Credits:
1-4

Students will work on a research project under the close supervision of a faculty member. Only 4 practicum credits may count toward the
major. This is a pass/fail course.

Credits:
1-4

Students will work on a research project under the close supervision of a faculty member. Only 4 practicum credits may count toward the
major. This is a pass/fail course.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F11

A directed internship with an urban, social, governmental, or nonprofit agency. The courses integrate traditional academic work in Urban
Studies with practical internship experience.

Credits:
4

An investigation of subject areas in the discipline of Urban Studies that involves research collaboration between students and faculty.