During the first half of the semester, students will be asked to participate in a weekly Crowdsource of a selected course reading.  Each Crowdsource is an opportunity to discuss, debate and unpack some of the important articles, theories and concepts that we’ll be discussing over the course of the semester.

I will post a prompt to the course website every Wednesday after class, and students will have until 12n on Sunday (unless otherwise noted, see due dates below) to include their thoughts, responses, questions and/or discussion points in the comments section of the post.  

Students should review other student’s comments, and are encouraged to synthesize, build upon, disagree with, and respond to former arguments. Students should ALWAYS be respectful in their replies to one another.

Please include citations in MLA format when you refer to the text.  Refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more.

Students can easily access the weekly crowdsource from the toolbar on the right hand side of home page.

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  • Top-Down Economics and Bottom-Up Politics. (pp. 1-14). In Goldsmith, W., & Blakely, E. (2010). Separate societies: Poverty and inequality in US cities. Temple University Press.
    • DUE  Su 2/5/17, 12n
  • General discussion of income and wealth inequality based on all of the readings.
    • DUE **MONDAY** 2/13/17
  • Peter Eisinger 2000. The Politics of Bread and Circuses : Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review 2000 35: 316-333.
    • DUE **MONDAY** 2/20/17 12n
  • Edin, K. and H. Luke Shaefer. 2015. $2.00 a Day. Chapters 1-2.
    • DUE Sunday 3/5/17, 12n


  • Peer-to-peer dialogue about complex readings
  • Public writing and discussion
  • Familiarity with WordPress platform



Points of Assessment Points Earned Comments
2- A student’s comment demonstrates deep, critical and thoughtful engagement with the course reading, the course prompt, and the peer-to-peer conversation taking place on the Crowdsource post.

1- Student submits a comment, but one or more of the following are true of the entry: 1) the comment is submitted late (up to 1 day late will be accepted), 2) the student’s comment is sufficient, but does not demonstrate deep engagement with the course reading, the course prompt or the peer-to-peer conversation taking place on the Crowdsource.

0- Students fails to comment on time or within 1-day-late window, student’s comment misses the mark / lacks engagement with the course reading, course prompt and peer-to-peer conversation taking place on the Crowdsource entirely.


CREDIT: This assignment including instructions, organization and rubric, has been adapted from an assignment of the same name developed by Dr. Jill Belli of New York City’s College of Technology (City Tech), CUNY.