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Urban Historical Geography (3) Study of the development and transformation of the historical urban built environment.
GEOG 427 Urban Historical Geography (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Close up, cities can be seen as sets of buildings - some that are
lived in, some that are places of work, and others that are places of
cultural celebration. The streetscapes created by these sets of
buildings can be decoded as a palimpsest of the past. Likewise, the
patterns and names of streets, lanes and alleys between buildings
contribute to morphological databases of property parcels and land uses
that help in the analysis of the historical transformations of urban
form. Seen at a more distant scale, cities are also nodes - centers for
surrounding regional trading systems, and partners with other places in
national and global trading systems - that have evolved over a set of
decades or even centuries.
This course offers an investigation of such multiple frames on the
urban past. Examples will be drawn from the Americas, but many will be
from Europe, Africa and Asia. Imperialism and its associated colonial
mercantile practices meant that variants of urbanism were mapped on to
other parts of the world where they often created hybrid forms of
cities over time. In the industrial era, new relations between cities
and the countryside emerged, as new forms of production developed and
as resources were harnessed from a more global hinterland. Radically
different types of cities have emerged in the past two centuries.
Geography 427 will survey the global urban past and explore ways of
decoding urban morphological complexity through historical cartographic
record and extant landscape evidence. The ultimate objective is for
students to develop an appreciation for the complexity of urban life
and landscapes in times past and to understand some of the ways in
which American urban forms adapt or draw distinction from urban forms
At the same time, the course aims to enhance student oral and
written communication skills. To enhance their oral communication
skills, each student will be expected to make two presentations on
their research and to participate in class workshops. To enhance their
written communication skills, students are required to write two papers
that include instructor feedback on interim drafts, to craft three
article summaries, and to write short log responses to most lectures.
General Education: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2007
6 credits in geography humanities or social sciences
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by
location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.