Cities in Comparative and Historical Perspective

 

NOTE: New requirements for those declaring after August 1, 2014; consult Exploredegrees for the latest information.

 

Please click here:  Exploredegrees 14/15

 

 

 

Why Comparative and Historical Perspective? 

Approximately half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the proportion grows greater every day.  Urban issues cannot be understood in the context of a single nation or a single moment in time.  This concentration draws on disciplinary approaches including anthropology, archaeology, art history, geography, and history to help students understand how cities have developed and how they relate to each other today. By placing urban issues in perspective, students improve their comprehension of the United States as well as the world, and of the present as well as the past.

Advising

Students in this concentration may select as their advisor either
Michael Kahan (email) (read more)
Or Doug McAdam (email ) (read more)

Special Programs and Opportunities

Students in this concentration are encouraged to study off campus, and preferably overseas, for at least one quarter. Many courses offered through the Overseas Studies Program can be counted toward the concentration. Similarly, internships offered at many of Stanford’s overseas locations can be used to fulfill the Urban Studies internship requirement. Students should also consider enrolling in one of the Stanford Overseas Seminars, intensive courses taught in September in locations which do not have overseas campuses.

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Required Course

URBANST 119 Ancient Urbanism (offered alternate years) is required for the cities in comparative and historical perspectives concentration:

Additional Courses

The following courses may be counted toward the cities in comparative and historical perspective concentration. Please consult with your advisor to select a program of courses that suits your intellectual and personal goals.

 

AUTUMN 14/15 COURSES:

ARTHIST 205 Cairo and Istanbul: Urban Space, Memory, Protest
COMPLIT 144A Istanbul the Muse: The City in Literature and Film
HISTORY 31 Leonardo's World: Science, Technology, and Art in the Renaissance (HISTORY 131)
HISTORY 106B Global Human Geography: Europe and Americas
HISTORY 166 Introduction to African American History - the Modern Freedom Struggle (AFRICAAM 166, AMSTUD 166)
OSPBER 30 Berlin vor Ort: A Field Trip Module
OSPFLOR 115Y Building the Cathedral and the Town Hall: Constructing and Deconstructing Symbols of a Civilization
OSPMADRD 60 Integration into Spanish Society: Service Learning and Professional Opportunities
OSPSANTG 71 Santiago: Urban Planning, Public Policy, and the Built Environment
URBANST 145 International Urbanization Seminar: Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Development (EARTHSYS 138, IPS 274)

 

 

 

 

WINTER 14/15 COURSES:

CEE 32Q Place: Making Space Now
EARTHSYS 112 Human Society and Environmental Change (EESS 112, HISTORY 103D)
ENGLISH 186 Tales of Three Cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles (AMSTUD 186)
HISTORY 232B Heretics, Prostitutes and Merchants: The Venetian Empire (ITALIAN 232B)
OSPBER 30 Berlin vor Ort: A Field Trip Module
OSPCPTWN 16 South Africa Sites of Memory
OSPCPTWN 24A Targeted Research Project in Community Health and Development
OSPCPTWN 43 Public and Community Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
OSPFLOR 75 Florence in the Renaissance: Family, Youth and Marriage in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
OSPMADRD 60 Integration into Spanish Society: Service Learning and Professional Opportunities

 

 

SPRING 14/15 COURSES:

ANTHRO 112 Public Archaeology: Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project (ANTHRO 212, ASNAMST 112)
ANTHRO 149 South Asia: History, People, Politics (ANTHRO 249)
ARTHIST 3 Introduction to World Architecture (CLASSICS 54)
HISTORY 106A Global Human Geography: Asia and Africa
HISTORY 150C The United States in the Twentieth Century (AMSTUD 150C)
HISTORY 260 California's Minority-Majority Cities (CSRE 260)
ME 120 History and Philosophy of Design
MUSIC 11Q Art in the Metropolis (ARTSINST 11)
OSPBER 30 Berlin vor Ort: A Field Trip Module
OSPCPTWN 17 Western Cape Sites of Memory
OSPCPTWN 22 Preparation for Community-Based Research in Community Health and Development
OSPCPTWN 24B Targeted Research Project in Community Health and Development
OSPCPTWN 43 Public and Community Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
OSPCPTWN 44 Negotiating Home, Citizenship and the South African City
OSPFLOR 58 Space as History: Social Vision and Urban Change
OSPFLOR 71 A Studio with a View: Drawing, Painting and Informing your Aesthetic in Florence
OSPMADRD 60 Integration into Spanish Society: Service Learning and Professional Opportunities
OSPOXFRD 70 The History of London
OSPPARIS 92 Building Paris: Its History, Architecture, and Urban Design
OSPSANTG 71 Santiago: Urban Planning, Public Policy, and the Built Environment
URBANST 150 From Gold Rush to Google Bus: History of San Francisco

 

 

 

 

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