Special Topics in Communication: Urban Communication
CMN 308
Department of Communication

Tentative Course Schedule


3 January
    Course Introduction
8 January Required Reading:
  • Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life"
Class Visit from Steans Center

Internet Resources:
10 January Required Reading:
  • Jane Jacobs, "The Uses of Sidewalks"
Internet Resources:
15 January Required Reading:
  • Eric Klinenberg, "Dying Alone"
Internet Resources:
17 January Required Reading:
  • Irving Rein and Ben Shields, "Communication and Sports: Language of the City"
22 January Required Reading:
  • Mike Newirth, "Zoned Bohemian"
Internet Resources:
24 January Required Reading:
  • Guest Lecture: Performance Studies
Internet Resources:
29 January Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (pp. xi-xxi, Ch. 1)
Internet Resources:
31 January Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 3)
Internet Resources:
5 February Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 4)
Internet Resources:
7 February Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon, Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square (Ch. 5)

Internet Resources:

12 February Required Reading:
  • TBA
Mid-term Paper Due
14 February Required Reading:
  • Steven Lagerfeld, "What Main Street Can Learn From the Mall"
19 February Required Reading:
  • "Whatever Became of the Public Square" (Harper's Discussion Forum)
21 February Required Reading:
  • Don Mitchell, "Anti-Homeless Laws and Public Space: II. Further Constitutional Issues"
Internet Resources:
26 February Required Reading:
  • Ray Oldenburg, "The Problem of Place in America"
Internet Resources:
28 Feb Group Presentations
5 and 7 March Group Presentations
13 March Peer Evaluations Due/Service Learning Final Due

Last Update: 30 December 2007
Send questions, comments, or reasonable suggestions to: Daniel Makagon