SEMINAR IN URBAN STUDIES
(URBN 6850)

Mickey Lauria and Robert K. Whelan
College of Urban and Public Affairs
University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisana, USA

FALL 2002
Mickey Lauria's Comments on Course

SYLLABUS
Purpose and Approach | Course Requirements | Required Readings | Class Outline and Schedule

Instructors:
Mickey Lauria (280-7106) at Mlauria@uno.edu
• Robert K. Whelan (280-6520) at RkWhelan@uno.edu

Departmental website: http://www.uno.edu/~cupa/faculty.html

Class Meeting Times: Monday 5:30 - 8:15 PM
Office Hours: By Appointment



PURPOSE OF THE COURSE
The course is required of first-semester students in the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies. It is designed to introduce graduate students to the history and evolution of urban studies as a field of endeavor. The methodological approaches, research questions, and theoretical constructs will be examined. The course content is selected to examine the scope (the depth and breadth) of urban studies. This course serves a variety of functions for the Ph.D. in Urban Studies Program: socialization of the incoming cohort, introduction to various Ph.D. faculty, introduction to the various substantive types of urban research, introduction to the various methodological and theoretical approaches to urban research, and an introduction to the major focus of our program in urban planning. It is meant to give a taste of what the Ph.D. in urban studies at UNO is all about. It tells you what literature, methods, theories, etc., that you will need to get to know and what you have to choose from to develop more intimate knowledge.

APPROACH
Over the course of the semester, students will write five (5) critiques (3-4 pages each) of the required readings in the seminar. Those critiques (and copies to equal the number of seminar participants) will be due (distributed via email) the Sunday before the appropriate class meeting so seminar participants can review them prior to the seminar.

In addition to the assigned readings, students will write their Qualifying Paper. This paper is an article- or chapter-length synthesis of theory and previous research on a problem in the student's area of specialization. It identifies important questions for future research (ideally it will start students on the road to their dissertation) and potential methods for addressing those questions.

Students will be given opportunities to interact with faculty and to discuss the research arenas in which they work. For example, Program faculty will be asked to give presentations to the students on their approach to urban studies, the nature of their research pursuits, methodology, and interest in the field. Based on these presentations and specific interests of the student, a research area will be selected for further study in the program.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Formal requirements of the Course are:

20% - Class participation
30% - Qualifying Paper
50% - Critiques

 

DUE DATES
September 22 Critique #1 of Vale et al. due by 5:00 PM
September 29 Qualifying Paper Proposal due by 5:00 PM
October 6 Critique # 2 of Wilson et al. due by 5:00 PM
October 20 Critique #3 of Duneier et al. due by 5:00 PM
November 3 Critique #4 of Pattillo-McCoy et al. due by 5:00 PM
November 17 Critique #5 of Gladstone, et al. due by 5:00 PM
December 2 Qualifying Paper due by 5:00 PM!

 

REQUIRED BOOKS

Duneier, Mitchell
1999. SIDEWALK. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
ISBN 0374527253

Fay, Brian
1996. CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
ISBN 1557865388

Judge, David, Gerry Stoker and Harold Wolman
1995. THEORIES OF URBAN POLITICS. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.
ISBN 0803988656

Lauria, Mickey
1997. RECONSTRUCTING URBAN REGIME THEORY: REGULATING URBAN POLITICS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.
ISBN 0761901515

Pattillo-McCoy, Mary
1999. BLACK PICKET FENCES: PRIVILEGE AND PERIL AMONG THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
ISBN 0226649296

Sayer, Andrew
1992. METHOD IN SOCIAL SCIENCE: A REALIST APPROACH. New York: Routledge.
ISBN 0415076072

Spain, Daphne
2001. HOW WOMEN SAVED THE CITY. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
ISBN 0816635323

Vale, Lawrence J.
2000. FROM THE PURITANS TO THE PROJECTS: PUBLIC HOUSING AND PUBLIC NEIGHBORS. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
See Review (H-Urban: April, 2001) by Kristin M Szylvian, Western Michigan University.

Wilson, Bobby M.
2000. RACE AND PLACE IN BIRMINGHAM: THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND NEIGHBORHOOD MOVEMENTS. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
ISBN 0847694836
See Review (H-South: December, 2000) by Robert Dupont, University of New Orleans.

 

COURSE OUTLINE
and
REQUIRED READINGS


PART 1
SOCIAL SCIENCE: EPISTEMOLOGY, ONTOLOGY, THEORY


AUGUST 26: Philosophy of Social Science: A Positivist and a Critical Perspective
Singleton, Royce A. Jr., Bruce Straits and Margaret Miller Straits
1993. Approaches to Social Research. New York: Oxford University Press (Chapters 2 & 3).

Sayer, Andrew
1992. Method in Social Science: A Realist Approach. New York: Routledge (Introduction and Chapters 1- 4).
H61 S353 1992

SEPTEMBER 2: Labor Day Holiday

SEPTEMBER 9: Philosophy of Social Science
Fay, Brian
1996. Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.

SEPTEMBER 16: Historical Urban Social Theory
Saunders, Peter
1981. Social Theory and the Urban Question. New York: Holmes and Meier (Introduction and Chapters 1 - 4).
HT111 .S26 1986



PART II
CURRENT SCOPE AND CONTENT OF URBAN STUDIES


September 22: Critique #1 of Vale et al. due by 5:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 23: Urban History
Guest: Alan Artibise
Vale, Lawrence J.
2000. From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
HD7288.78.U52 M48 2000

Artibise, Alan F. J.
2000. "Cascadian Adventures: Shared Visions, Strategic Alliances and Ingrained Barriers in a Transporter Region." In Mexico y Canada en la Globalization, pp. 383-424, edited by G. Ibarra and Ana Lus Ruelas. Mexico: Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa.

G. A. Stelter and A. F. J. Artibise,
1981. "Introduction." Canada's Urban Past. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Hirsch, Arnold R.
1998. "Race and Renewal in the Cold War South: New Orleans, 1947-1968." In The American Planning Tradition: Culture and Policy, edited by Robert Fishman. Princeton, New Jersey: Woodrow Wilson Center Press.
HT167 .A5769 2000

September 29: Qualifying Paper Proposal due by 5:00 PM.

SEPTEMBER 30: Urban Politics
Judge, David, Gerry Stoker and Harold Wolman
1995. Theories of Urban Politics. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage (Chapters 1-4).
JS78 .T46 1995

Lauria, Mickey
1997. Reconstructing Urban Regime Theory: Regulating Urban Politics in a Global Economy. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12).
JS78 .R43 1997

October 6: Critique # 2 of Wilson et al. due by 5:00 PM.

OCTOBER 7: Urban Geography
Wilson, Bobby M.
2000. Race and Place in Birmingham: The Civil Rights and Neighborhood Movements. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.

Wilson, Bobby M.
2002. "Critically Understanding Race-Connected Practices: A Reading of W. E. B. Du Bois and Richard Wright." The Professional Geographer 54, 1: 31-41.
G3 .P7

Holloway, Steven R.
1998. "Exploring the Neighborhood Contingency of Race Discrimination in Mortgage Lending in Columbus, Ohio." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 88, 2: 252-276.
G3 .A7

Wyly, Elvin K., and Daniel J. Hammel
1999. "Islands of Decay in Seas of Renewal: Housing Policy and the Resurgence of Gentrification." Housing Policy Debate 10, 4: 711-771.
HD7293.A1 H65

OCTOBER 14: Urban Economics
Guest: Marla Nelson
Ihlanfeldt, Keith
1995. "The Importance of the Central City to the Regional and National Economy: a Review of the Arguments and Empirical Evidence." Cityscape 1, 2: 125-150.
HH 1.75/2

Savitch, H. V., D. Collins, D. Sanders and J. P. Markham
1993. "Ties That Bind: Central Cities, Suburbs, and the New Metropolitan Region." Economic Development Quarterly 7, 4: 341-357.
HD72 .E26

Schwartz, Alex
1992. "Corporate Service Linkages in Large Metropolitan Areas: A Study of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago." Urban Affairs Quarterly 28, 2: 276-296.
HT 101 .U67

Coffey, W. J., M. Polese and R. Drolet
1996. "Examining the Thesis of Central Business District Decline: Evidence from the Montreal Metropolitan Region." Environment and Planning A 28: 1795-1814.
HT390 .E575

Nelson, Marla
2002. "Do Cities Supply Unique Agglomeration Economies? A Case Study of the Accounting Industry in Chicago and Minneapolis St. Paul." Paper to be presented at ACSP in Baltimore, Maryland, November 2002.

October 20: Critique #3 of Duneier et al. due by 5:00 PM

OCTOBER 21: Urban Anthropology: Ethnography
Guest: David Beriss
Duneier, Mitchell
1999. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Burawoy, Michael, et al.
1991. Ethnography Unbound: Power and Resistance in the Modern Metropolis. Berkeley, California: University of California Press (Chapters 1 & 14).
GN346.4 .E84 1991

Berris, David
2002. A Community of Advocates: Lobbyists, Social Capital and Homeless Health Care Policy. Under review for publication.

OCTOBER 28: Urban Education
Eisenhart, Margaret
2001. "Educational Ethnography Past, Present and Future: Ideas to Think With." Educational Researcher 30, 8:16-27.
L11 .E4625

Lauria, Mickey, and Louis F. Mirón
2002. The New Social Spaces of Resistance. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. (In Press).

McNeal, Ralph B. Jr.
1997. "High School Dropouts: A Closer Examination of School Effects." Social Science Quarterly 78, 1: 209-221.
H1 .S65

November 3: Critique #4 of Pattillo-McCoy et al. due by 5:00 PM.

NOVEMBER 4: Urban Sociology: Race and Class
Guest:
Pattillo-McCoy, Mary
1999. Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
F548.9.N4 P38 1999

Lauria, Mickey, and Vernon K. Baxter
1999. "Residential Mortgage Foreclosure and Racial Transition in New Orleans." Urban Affairs Review 34, 6: 757-786.

Winant, Howard
1995. "Dictatorship, Democracy and Difference: The Historical Construction of Racial Identity." In The Bubbling Cauldron, pp. 31-49, edited by Michael P. Smith and Joe R. Feagin. Minneapolis, Minnesota: U. of Minnesota Press.
E184.A1 .B89 1995

NOVEMBER 11: Urban Planning: A Gendered History
Guest: Mary Gale Snyder
Spain, Daphne
2001. How Women Saved the City. Minneapolis. University of Minnesota Press.
HQ1420 .S64 2001

Hanson, Susan, and Geraldine Pratt
1995. "Communities, Work and Gender Relations." In Gender, Work, and Space. New York: Routledge (Chapter 7:185-221).
HD6096.W67 H36 1995

Snyder, Mary Gail
1995. "Feminist Theory and Planning Theory: Lessons from Femin-ist Epistemologies." Berkeley Planning Journal 10: 91-106.


November 17: Critique #5 of Gladstone, et al. due by 5:00 PM.


NOVEMBER 18: Tourism Planning
Guest: David Gladstone
Fainstein, Susan S., and David L. Gladstone
1999. "Evaluating Urban Tourism." In The Tourist City edited by Dennis Judd and Susan S. Fainstein. New York and London: Yale University Press.
G155.A1 T597 1999

Judd, Dennis
1999. "Constructing the Tourist Bubble." In The Tourist City edited by Dennis Judd and Susan S. Fainstein. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Gladstone, David. L.
1998. "Tourism Urbanization in the United States." Urban Affairs Review 34: 3-27.

Gladstone, David L., and Susan S. Fainstein
2001. "Tourism in US Global Cities: A Comparison of New York and Los Angeles." Journal of Urban Affairs 23: 23-40.
HT101 .J666

Gladstone, David L., Jane S. Brooks and Bridget Bordelon.
2003. Planning or Not, Here It Comes: How the Tourism Boom Is Transforming Downtown New Orleans and What It Means for the City's Residents. Manuscript submitted for publication.


NOVEMBER 25: Urban Planning: Theory
Lauria, Mickey and Robert K. Whelan
1995. "Planning Theory and Political Economy: The Need for Reintegration." Planning Theory 14: 8-33.

Hoch, Charles J.
1996 "Planning Theorists Taking an Interpretive Turn Need Not Travel on the Political Economy Highway." Planning Theory 16: 13-37.

Healey, Patsy
1996. "Situating Communicative Practices: Moving Beyond Urban Political Economy." Planning Theory 16: 65-82.

Fischler, Raphaël
2000. "Communicative Planning Theory: A Foucauldian Assessment." Journal of Planning Education and Research 19, 4: 358-368.
HT101 .J654

Huxley, Margo
2000. "The Limits to Communicative Planning." Journal of Planning Education and Research 19, 4: 369-378.

Foley, John and Mickey Lauria.
2000. "Plans, Planning and Tragic Choices." Planning Theory and Practice 1, 2: 219-233.


DECEMBER 2:

Concluding Discussion: Urban Research in the New Millennium

December 2: Qualifying Paper due by 5:00 PM!


Comments on Course
by
Mickey Lauria

9 June 2002

URBN 6850 is a beginning Ph.D. seminar. It is the first required course for our incoming Ph.D. students. It has a number of purposes:

  1. socialize the new students into the program and begin socializing them into a multidisciplinary discipline;
  2. introduce them to the breadth (as best that can be done in one semester) of urban studies: substantively, theoretically, and methodologically; and
  3. get them to think about the different ways to ask questions and how those questions influence methods, theories, etc.
You will notice I try to hold the topic as constant as possible and let the students see how sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, historians, and so forth, attack the issues, let them see how intensive versus extensive methods attack the issues, let them see how behavorialists, social constructivists, etc., attack the issues.

It's a tough class but lots of fun.


Syllabus prepared for the H-Urban Syllabus Archive 21 October 2002.