Special Topics in Communication: Urban Communication
CMN 307
Department of Communication

Tentative Course Schedule


4 January
    Course Introduction
9 January Required Reading:
  • Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life"
Internet Resources:
11 January Required Reading:
  • Richard Sennett, The Conscience of the Eye (pp. xi-xiv, 19-40)
Internet Resources:
16 January Required Reading:
  • Richard Sennett, The Conscience of the Eye (pp. 97-111, 121-141)
Internet Resources:
18 January Required Reading:
  • Richard Sennett, The Conscience of the Eye (pp. 132-137, 141-144, 163-168)
Internet Resources:
23 January Required Reading:
  • Eric Klinenberg, "Dying Alone"
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25 January Required Reading:
  • Mike Newirth, "Zoned Bohemian"
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30 January Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (pp. xi-xxi, Ch. 1)
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1 February Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 5)
Internet Resources:
6 February Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 4)
Internet Resources:
8 February Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 3)

Class Trip: Meet at Fullterton CTA stop (headed toward the Loop)

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13 February Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 3)
Mid-term Paper Due
15 February Required Reading:
  • Ray Oldenburg, "The Problem of Place in America"
Internet Resources:
20 February Required Reading:
  • Steven Lagerfeld, "What Main Street Can Learn From the Mall"
22 February Required Reading:
  • "Whatever Became of the Public Square" (Harper's Discussion Forum)
27 February Required Reading:
  • Don Mitchell, "Anti-Homeless Laws and Public Space: II. Further Constitutional Issues"
Internet Resources:
1, 6, and 8 March Group Presentations
13 March Group Presentations (if needed)

Last Update: 30 December 2005
Send questions, comments, or reasonable suggestions to: Daniel Makagon