MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION – GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT

URBAN GEOGRAPHY (GEO 137 – 3 CREDITS)

WAYNE BREW

FALL 2001 – SECTION SC - ROOM PH 123

COURSE INFORMATION AND SYLLABUS

 

Office Hours: I am available to answer questions or discuss course materials with you in my office (PH 158) prior to class or during the following hours:

 

·         Mondays and Wednesdays – 9:00 to 10:00 AM

·         Tuesdays – 1:00 to 2:00 PM

 

You can get in touch with me at

 

·         Phone: (215) 641-6326

·         E-mail:  wbrew@mc3.edu

 

Course Description: This course will explore the history and morphology of urban areas with emphasis on the United States. The course will examine how transportation technologies, immigration, and other factors have changed what urban areas look like and function over time. The course will also cover techniques on how to interpret the urban landscape.

      

Course Objectives: To gain an understanding of the history and morphology of urban areas through a combination of lectures, readings, classroom discussions, videos, exercises, and a field trip.

 

Books: “Crabgrass Frontier” by Kenneth Jackson and “The New Geography” by Joel Kotkin.

 

Class Cancellation: In the event of inclement weather or other emergency, the MCCC evening class School Closing Code is 2320. Announcements will be made on KYW (1060 AM) and other local stations.

 

Attendance Policy: This course will involve readings outside of the texts, classroom discussion, and a mandatory field trip. Therefore, I encourage all students to attend every class and be on time. Mandatory attendance is required for the field trip.

 

Grading: There will be two take-home exams consisting of short answer and essay questions. The two exams will each be worth 35% of your grade. Feedback from outside readings through emails will be worth 10% of your grade. A field trip report will be worth 10% of your grade. A project or additional reading will be worth 10% of your grade.

 

Criteria for Evaluation: 90 – 100% A, 80 – 89% B, 70 – 79% C, 60 – 69% D,

Below 60% F.

 

Withdrawal Policy: Withdrawal is allowed up until the final day of class. Be sure to get my signature on the withdrawal form.

 

Policies: The MCCC Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook is a binding part of this syllabus. Cheating will not be tolerated. College practice on weather cancellations will be followed.

 

Class Calendar: Class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM to 10:15 PM. You are entitled to 30 minutes of brake time which will be broken down into a 15 minute break at approximately 8:30 PM and dismissal at 10:00 PM.

 

 

WEEK

DATE

WHAT WILL BE COVERED

1

9-11-01

Cancelled

 

2

9-18-01

Introduction to Geography

3

9-25-01

Population

4

10-2-01

History and Location of Urban Places - Transportation

5

10-9-01

Ethnicity and Immigration – Settlement Patterns

6

10-16-01

Pedestrian Cities, Railroad Cities,

Chicago – Urban Theories

7

10-23-01

Railroad and Streetcar Suburbs

Take Home Mid-Term Distributed

8

10-30-01

Mid-Term Due

Folk and Popular Architecture

9

11-6-01

Interstates and The Galactic City

11

11-13-01

Sprawl, The New Downtown, and the Geography of Nowhere

12

11-20-01

European Cities, Third World Cities, Projects, and Ghettos

13

11-27-01

Planning and Politics

14

12-4-01

Current Issues in Urban America

15

12-11-01

The New Geography

Take Home Final Distributed

16

12-18-01

Final Due