Draft Syllabus                                                                                               draft date 10/31/2019

Sociology 149/249

Urban Studies 112

 

"The Urban Underclass"

Syllabus

 

Winter Quarter, 2020

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4:20P

Room: Ed 128

 

Plus once a week section, day and time TBA

 

 

Michael J. Rosenfeld

Professor

Department of Sociology

McClatchy Hall (Building 120) room 124

mrosenfe@stanford.edu

http://www.stanford.edu/~mrosenfe

 

Office Hours By appointment

 

TA: TBA

 

 

Introduction:

            In this class we will read and discuss some of the classic work of urban sociology, and ask a series of questions about segregation, opportunity, race, class, and public policy.

 

Required Readings (Available at Stanford Bookstore and on reserve at Green)

* Hirsch, Arnold. 1983. Making the Second Ghetto. Cambridge University Press. $21, ISBN: 0226342441

* William Julius Wilson. 1979. The Declining Significance of Race. University of Chicago Press. $18, ISBN-10: 0226901297

* Massey, Douglas S. and Nancy Denton. 1993. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass. Harvard University Press. $21, ISBN-10: 0674018214

* Robert Caro. 1974. The Power Broker. Vintage. $17, ISBN-10: 0394720245

* Kotlowitz, Alex. 1991. There Are No Children Here. Doubleday. $11, ISBN-10: 0385265565

* Murray, Charles. 1995. Losing Ground. Basic Books. $21, ISBN-10: 0465042333

* Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer. 2016. Two Dollars A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. $12. ISBN-10: 054481195X

* Anderson, Elijah. 1990. Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community. University of Chicago Press. $16, ISBN-10: 0226018164

* Oliver, Melvin and Thomas Shapiro. 1995. Black Wealth, White Wealth. Routledge. $29, ISBN-10: 0415951674

* Coates, Ta-Nehisi. 2015. Between the World and Me. Spiegel and Grau. $15, ISBN-10: 0812993543

* Alexander, Michelle. 2012. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. ISBN-13: 978-1595586438. $12.80.

 

Plus several additional readings posted or linked on the class website, including:

* US Dept of Justice “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department”, 2015

 

Plus two movies to see in the second half of the quarter:

Hoop Dreams(Director Steve James, 1994) And Do the Right Thing (Director  Spike Lee 1989)

 

Requirements:

For Undergraduates (soc 149):

* Midterm Exam

25%

* Make one 15 minute presentation to discussion section, and lead (along with the TA) the section discussion for that week.

20%

* Regular section participation

10%

* Short paper using Social Explorer maps

10%

* Final Exam

35%

 

For Graduate Students (soc 249):

* Midterm Exam

15%

* Make one 15 minute presentation to discussion section, and lead (along with the TA) the section discussion for that week.

20%

* Regular section participation

10%

* One 10 minute presentation to class, presenting a different book from the one you presented to section

15%

* Short paper using Social Explorer maps

10%

* Final Exam

30%

 

Class Size:

In case of class size limitations, sign-up will require consent of the professor.

 

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities that may necessitate an academic accommodation must initiate a request with the Disability Resource Center (DRC).  See the website http://www.stanford.edu/group/DRC/, or call (650) 723-1066 voice (650) 723-1067 TTY.

 

 

 

Computer use in class: In order to limit distractions in class, there is no computer use in class, except by special permission from Professor Rosenfeld.

 

Reading Assignments:

 

NOTE: Questions are posted on my website for each reading. See www.stanford.edu/~mrosenfe/urb_reading_questions.htm

 

Week

Class

Reading Assignments Due

 

 

 

Week 1

Jan 7

Class orientation

 

Jan 9

Making the Second Ghetto, Ch 1-3

 

 

 

Week 2

Jan 14

Making the Second Ghetto, finish the book

 

Jan 16

Wilson: Declining Significance of Race, Ch 1-3

 

 

 

Week 3

Jan 21

Wilson: Declining Significance of Race, Ch 4-8

 

Jan 23

American Apartheid, preface + Ch 1-2

 

 

 

Week 4

Jan 28

American Apartheid, Ch 3-5

 

Jan 30

American Apartheid, finish the book

 

 

 

Week 5

Feb 4

In Class Midterm Exam

 

Feb 6

The Power Broker, Chapters 10-15.

 

 

 

Week 6

Feb 11

There Are no Children Here, read the whole book

 

Feb 13

Black Wealth/ White Wealth, Intro, Ch 1-5

 

 

 

Week 7

Feb 18

Streetwise, Chapters 1-2

 

Feb 20

Streetwise, finish the book

Also: Social Explorer draft papers due; upload to Canvas

 

 

 

Week 8

Feb 25

Losing Ground, Prologue, Chapter 1-4, Ch 16, Ch 17, especially p. 227-236

 

Plus $2 A day, sections TBA

 

Feb 27

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me, read the whole book

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9

March 3

Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow read the whole book

 

March 5

US DOJ “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department”;

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10

March 10

Terry v. Ohio US Supreme Court 1968; Floyd v. New York 2013 (all linked from my website)

 

March 12

Last Class, Review Session

 

Wednesday, March 14 by midnight. Social Explorer final papers due; upload to Canvas

 

Final Exam

in-class Final Exam (as scheduled by the Registrar)