ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Urban Inequality and Policy in the United States
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
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Waitlist Notes:
OS students will be given preference on the waitlist based on academic standing. Waitlist priority will be at the discretion of the instructor.
With permission of department.
May be elected six times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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“Urban Inequality and Policy in the US” is a course using readings from sociologists and taught by a sociologist. Topics will include segregation, mass incarceration and reentry, gentrification, violence, education, politics and governance, and much more. Readings will include, for instance, Miller’s Halfway Home, Stuart’s Ballad of the Bullet, Krysan and Crowder’s Cycle of Segregation, Shedd’s Unequal City, as well as other articles, popular media, and documentaries.

Much of the class will be adapted from the format of “Urban Inequality and The Wire,” a seminar I co-taught with William Julius Wilson at Harvard. Each topic will address inequality—how structure, culture, or some combination produces social inequality—as well as policy, moving beyond interpretation of the world and focusing on actions to change it. Assignments will include a number of traditional elements—reading responses, short answer + essay midterm—as well as tasks designed to push students to apply lessons from sociology to real world policy situations.

This course is a meet-together between OS 495.002 and SOC 495.007


Class Format:

Two 1.5 hour lectures/week


ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
1Jr or Sr
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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