Last Updated: Sunday 4/2/17
The week-by-week calendar below includes all readings and assignments for each class meeting this semester. This schedule is a plan, and is subject to change depending on our conversations and developments over the course of the semester. Students will be made aware of changes via the course blog and your QC email via the Blackboard listserv (in addition to in-class announcements). Please check both regularly.
Most of the readings are freely available online and have been linked here. Some of the readings – those marked ‘BB’ – are only available through our course Blackboard site because of copyright laws.
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Monday 1/30/17: Introduction to Course
- Introduce course and review syllabus.
Wednesday 2/1/17: Measuring Poverty
Topic summary: Discuss and compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of competing measurements of poverty, (official poverty measure, Supplemental poverty measure, self-sufficiency measure) and discuss why it matters how we measure poverty.
- In between in California: Above the Poverty line, but not quite middle class. Al Jazeera, Story and photography by E. Tammy Kim and Lam Thuy Vo. Published June 11, 2014
Monday 2/6/17: Theorizing Poverty and the American Dream
Topic summary: What is the American Dream, can everyone achieve it, and if so, how? Zeroing-in on theories that help explain why poverty – as a social phenomenon – exists and how people (if they) can become un-poor. What are the (3) different theories, what do they argue and how do they differ, what evidence do they point to to support their view, what solutions do they propose to solve the issue of poverty, and what is problematic about each viewpoint.
- BB: 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.
- “Ever higher society, ever harder to ascend”. Meritocracy in America, The Economist, , December 29, 2004.
- Leonhardt, David. 2013. In climbing the Income ladder. NY Times, July 22
- James Surowiecki, “The Mobility Myth” The New Yorker, March 3, 2014.
- Radiolab Presents: On the Media: Busted, America’s Poverty Myths, An Interview with Brooke Gladstone. Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
- Bruenig, Matt 2014. Two Theories of Poverty. Demos.
- Bucheit, P. (2014, August 3). Three facts that poverty deniers don’t want to hear.3-facts-poverty-deniers-dont-want-hear.
CROWDSOURCE: “Top-Down Economics and Bottom-up Politics” by Goldsmith and Blakely: Comment by 12n, Sunday 2/5/17
Assignment 3 will be introduced and groups will be assigned.
Wednesday 2/8/17: Using Tech to teach and learn
Topic summary: Today we will meet in a computer lab and review the back-end of WordPress and will upload our first assignment posts.
ASSIGNMENT 1: Bring a digital copy (USB drive, attached email file) Assignment 1 to class today.
Monday 2/13/17: NO Class
Wednesday 2/15/17: Economic Inequality
Topic Summary: What is economic inequality? How is it distributed across the population of the United States?
- Autor. 2010. “The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the U.S. Labor Market”. Center for American Progress. ONLY pages 1-15
- Hum, Tarry. 2011. “Persistent Polarization in the New York Workforce: New Findings of Labor Market Segmentation.” Regional Labor Re- view, Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy, Hofstra University, Spring-Summer, 13, –
- Pager, D., & Western, B. (December 9, 2005). Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the New York City Job Market. Report prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
- Kochhar, Rakesh, Paul Taylor, and Richard Fry. 2011. Wealth gaps rise to record highs between whites, blacks and Hispanics. Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center.
- Washington, Black’s economic gains wiped out in downtown, NBC News
- Kasperkevic, J. College-eduated women earn $8,000 less a year than men as gap widens. The Guardian, April 21, 2016
- Rattner, S. We’re making life too hard for Millenials. New York Times, July 31, 2015.
CROWDSOURCE: General discussion of the intersections of income and wealth inequality based on all readings. Comment by 12n, **Monday 2/13/17**
Monday 2/20/17: No Classes
Wednesday 2/22/17: Historical Development of Cities – HOUSING
(FYI – Classes Follow a Monday schedule)
Topic: Today we’ll begin pulling back the layers that explain these inequalities by race and class that exist today. We will focus first on housing discrimination, which relates most directly to contemporary wealth inequalities. An important ‘take-away point’ for this class is to understand the role of government policy in creating these inequalities.
- BB: Ross, Byron and Myron Levine. 2012. Urban Politics, Cities and Suburbs in a Global Age, Chapter 2. NYC: ME Sharpe.
- BB: Josh Freeman. 2000. Working Class New York, “The Fiscal Crisis”, Chapter 15. New Press.
- Rothstein, R. “The Making of Ferguson”. Economic Policy Institute. October 15, 2014
CROWDSOURCE: There are two options this week: ‘The Making of the American Ghetto’ and ‘Fiscal Crisis and Economic Restructuring’. You must choose one, feel free to comment on both.
Monday 2/27/17: Historical Development of Cities – ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING
Topic: During the 1970’s, the New York City found itself on the brink of fiscal collapse. The ‘fiscal crisis’ has had profound effects on the distribution of power in the NYC (and other cities!), which in turn has deeply affects the economic policy direction of the city, the city’s course of development, and relationship between city government and resident.
- Freeman, Josh. 2014. If you can make it here.
- Website: CUNY Digital Archive History (Read ALL 8 major time period sections).
- BB: Peter Eisinger 2000. The Politics of Bread and Circuses : Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review 2000 35: 316-333.
- Mtua, Angela. ‘Senator call Roosevelt Avenue ‘the new Times Square,’ pushes for liquor license ban” Qns, August 29, 2016.
CROWDSOURCE: “The Politics of Bread and Circus” by Eisinger: Comment by 12n, Sunday 2/26/17.
Wednesday 3/1/17: Continue ‘Economic Restructuring’
Monday 3/6/17: Guest Lecture on Environmental Sustainability
Wednesday 3/8/17: Globalization and Privatization of Risk and Well-being
Topic: Here in the United States, the changes that took place in NYC during and after the fiscal crisis were compounded by shifts towards privatization of risk and well-being at the national level. These changes were the result of the unraveling of New Deal policies and new trends in labor relations, which continuously lessened the protections the state offered citizens from globalization and capitalism.
- BB: Massey, D. S. 2008. “Globalization and Inequality: Explaining American Exceptionalism”. European Sociological Review. 25 (1): 9-23.
- Fortin, J. Ethiopia’s cheap labor attracts foreign firms, Equal Times, 10/2/2014
Monday 3/13/17: Guest Lecture on Environmental Sustainability
ASSIGNMENT 3: Poverty Perspectives Debate Due by 11:59pm, Tuesday 3/14/17.
Wednesday 3/15/17: Shifts in welfare and low-wage work
- BB: Edin, K. and H. Luke Shaefer. 2015. $2.00 a Day. Chapters 1-2.
- BB: Excerpt Chapter 1: Working Lives. in Newman, K. S. (2009). No shame in my game: The working poor in the inner city. Random House LLC. Read at least one story.
- Kasperkevic, J. “The benefits cliff: when minimum wage increases backfire on the people in need.” The Guardian,July, 20, 2014.
- Sin, M. P. Government spends more on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than on Social Welfare programs, Think by Numbers,1
- Morath, E. “Get a Job? Most Welfare Recipients Already Have one.” Wall Street Journal Blog: Real Time Economics, April 13, 2015.
- BB: Collins, J. (2008). The specter of slavery: Workfare and the economic citizenship of poor women. New landscapes of inequality: Neoliberalism and the erosion of democracy in America, 131-151.
ASSIGNMENT 4: Urban Dictionary Entries Due by 12n, Friday 3/17/17.
Monday 3/20/17: Catch-up Day
Wednesday 3/22/17: Midterm Review
OPTIONAL – HISTORICAL RECAP
- Watch the following video at home:
Monday 3/27/17: Midterm
Wednesday 3/9/17: Persisting Segregations
- Hannah-Jones, Nikole. 2012. Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law. Pro Publica – OR Listen to Part one: Rental Gymnastics, of 512: House Rules, This American Life, , November 22, 2013.
- Boustan, Leah Platt. 2013. Racial Residential Segregation in American Cities, NBER Working Paper No. 19045.
- Eligon, J. A Year after Ferguson, Housing Segregation defies tools to erase it.New York Times, August 8, 2015.
- Oh, Inae. 2014. Luxury Condo Will Have a New ‘Poor Door.’Huffington Post.
Monday 4/3/17: Gentrification & Segregation
READ 1 of the Following 3:
1) Rotondaro, V. and Ewing, M. The Ins and Outs. Narratively, January 15, 2013.
2) Adams, Micheal Henry. “The end of Black Harlem”. New York Times Sunday Review, May 27, 2016.
3) Bontemps, Johnny. Southside Story”. Narratively, January 14, 2013.
- Knafo, Saki. “Is gentrification a human-rights violation?”The Atlantic, 2, 2015.
- Gates, M. To Prevent Worsening Inequality, Put Affluent Neighborhoods ON NYC Re-Zoning List. Metropolitics.eu, November 17, 2015.
Wednesday 4/5/17: Unpacking the ‘Affordable Housing Issue’
- Housing New York: A Five-borough, Ten year plan. The City of New York, Mayor Bill De Blasio. Executive Summary and Introduction ONLY
- What is affordable housing? A guide developed by the Center for Urban Pedagogy. SKIM
- Madden and Marcuse. The Permanent Crisis of Housing. Jacobin, October 2, 2016.
- BB: Huron, A. 2015. “Working with Strangers in Saturated Space: Reclaiming and Maintaining the Urban Commons.” Antipode, 47:4: 963-979.
- Navarro, M. “How do Rent-Burdened New Yorkers Cope?”New York Times, August 24, 2016
- Ruby Russel, Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality. The Guardian,June 1, 2015
ASSIGNMENT 5: Blogs Due 11:59pm Friday 4/7/17, Commenting due by 12n Sunday 4/9/17
(Matt, Raiaan, Victoria, Ashley, Shannon, Asko)
SPRING BREAK 4/10/17 – 4/18/17
Thursday 4/20/17: ‘Educating the Public’
Today, Assignment 6 groups will convene to discuss their projects.
ASSIGNMENT 6: Proposals are due 11:59pm Friday 4/21/17
Monday 4/24/17 & Wednesday 4/26/17: Whose Public Space?
- The Pratt Center for Community Development 2012. Queens Triple Play: Willets West, Major League Soccer and The National Tennis Center. Brooklyn, NY: The Pratt Institute (September 21, 2012).
- Dawg. 2008. “Policing public space”. BLOG POST.
- BB: Davis, Mike. 1992 “Fortress LA”
- “No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in US Cities”. A Report by the National Coalition for the homeless. Pgs16-29, the section on the Criminalization of Homelessness
- Whitford, E. “Black Lives Matter Protestors are Occupying City Hall Park to Demand Bratton’s Resignation, Reparations.” Gothamist, August 1, 2016
Re-visit: BB: Peter Eisinger 2000. The Politics of Bread and Circuses : Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review 2000 35: 316-333.
ASSIGNMENT 5:Blogs Due 11:59pm Friday 4/28/17, Commenting due by 12n Sunday 4/30/17
(Vahe, Chris, Shevin, Melody, Michelle, Jake, Ariful)
Monday 5/1/17 & Wednesday 5/3/17: Criminal Justice
- BB: Alexander, Michelle. 2010. The New Jim Crow, Chapter 1 (pp. 20-57).
- Paddock, Barry and Sarah Ryley. 2014. Arrests for transit fare evasion surge in recent years, putting it amongst top city offenses leading to jail, Daily News, August 18.Ryley, Sarah, Laura Dareh Gregorian, 2014. Racial disparities in summons for minor violations in ‘broken windows’ New York Daily News. August 4.
- BB: Wacquant, Class, race and hyper-incarceration in revanchist America
- Vera Institute. 2014. Race and Prosecution in Manhattan.
- BB: Kahn, K. B. and Martin, K. D. (2016). Policing and race: Disparate Treatment, Perceptions and Policy responses. Social Issues and Policy Review, 10, 1 82-121.
ASSIGNMENT 5: Blogs Due 11:59pm Friday 5/5/17, Commenting due by 12n Sunday 5/7/17
(Lauren, Aalya, Daniel, Kylle, Nicole, Keith)
Monday 5/8/17 &Wednesday 5/10/17: Immigration Policy
BB: Kwong, Peter 2009. “What’s Wrong with the US Immigration Debate?” Fields, Jeff, and Ida Susser,eds. Rethinking America: the imperial homeland in the 21st century. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. Pp. 300-312.
Economic Policy Institute. 2010. Immigration and Wages
ASSIGNMENT 5: Blogs Due 11:59pm Friday 5/12/17, Commenting due by 12n Sunday 5/14/17
(Sara, Rafael, Mishel, Jerry, Xiaowei, Henry)
Monday 5/15/17: Peer Review
Peer workshopping of final projects: You should have someting prepared to share. A strong cenceptualization of your project based on research on your topic and thinking about how to share this information.
Wednesday 5/17/17: FINAL REVIEW SESSION
Wednesday 5/24/17: Final Exam
Final Projects Due 11:59pm, Friday 5/26/17
ASSIGNMENT 7: The Urban at 2nd Glance, Due 11:59pm, Friday 5/26/17