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Spring 2015! Announcing URBS 220: Urban Theory and Research Methods

Professor John Zarobell
MWF 2:15-3:20 p.m. 

This course will draw on diverse writings on urban theory to construct a panorama of philosophical approaches to the city. The primary goal is for students to develop analytical tools to be able to critique various urban forms, experiences, and representations of the city, both globally and around the Bay Area. We will not only read and discuss, but we will explore cities in the region on foot and use digital mapping and other tools to make sense of the city we inhabit and others around the world.  The goal is to show how the work of architects and urban planners generates human environments but also how other forces such as capital and social justice contribute to urban frameworks.

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Questions? Contact Shanley Jacobs at or 415-422-5681


Introducing the Major in Urban Studies! Classes begin in Fall 2014.

Students exploring the city

What is a city? What does it mean to be a citizen? How do inhabitants of a city have access to water and electricity? Who creates policies to run cities?


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