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The Public Conversation on the Urban Environment

Semester and Year FA 2014
Course Number IDSEM-UG1798
Section 001
Instructor Gianpaolo Baiocchi
Days Fri
Time 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SOC


In this course students will work in four communities along Broadway doing Participatory Action Research on the nature of the public conversation about the urban environment at each site. Based on observations, interviews, focus groups, analyses of newspapers, blogs, and other community media, we will learn about the various ways in which people, especially young people, think about, experience, and find meaning in their urban environment. By the end of the semester students will stage a public forum at each site that will prompt an explicit conversation on the topic. Present at the conversation will be experts and community members alike. We will present the findings of our projects to policy makers and public artists identified by the instructor as interested in working in those communities.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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