Department of Anthropology
The purpose of this upper-level seminar is to review contemporary and key anthropological literature that discusses the conditioning of urban experience. The objectives of this course are to dismantle ‘the city’ as a stable object of analysis and to develop an awareness of the contesting social spheres that exist within urban and built environments. Class topics to be addressed include public space, housing and infrastructure, urban planning regulations and law, development projects, informal economies and design, city ecologies and natures, and more.
This course explores how urbanism is planned, experienced, and represented across Central America and Latinx/e North America. The objectives of the course are to identify collectively imagined forms of social life and order as they are reflected in urban design—formally, subversively, or in the lack thereof. As such, this class will interrogate the political legacies of place in identity and community organization. Contemporary and key literature will be reviewed across cultural anthropology, architecture, geography, history, Latinx and Indigenous studies, and autoethnography.
ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM IN THE AMÉRICAS
[CCAS M187 / HISTORY M151E / URBAN PLANNING M187]
Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)