Below is a week-by-week look at our course. It includes all readings (due the day they are listed), assignments & exams, and in-class activities.
As you’ll see, the majority of the readings for this class are publicly available online; however, there are some that must be accessed through blackboard for copyright reasons. These are indicated with ‘BB’. In the right-hand menu under ‘Quicklinks’, you’ll see a option that will take you directly to Blackboard (though you will still need to login).
Also, this can get a little confusing, especially when trying to find out what’s due quickly, I have also compiled a list of the assignments organized by due date here. This is also accessible via ‘Quicklinks’ in the right-hand menu.
*I reserve the right to change or adapt any and all of this schedule*
Monday 8/28/17: Introduction to Course
Introduce course and review syllabus.
- Calculating a Household Budget, 1
Wednesday 8/30/17: Measuring Poverty
- In between in California: Above the Poverty line, but not quite middle class. Al Jazeera, Story and photography by E. Tammy Kim and Lam Thuy Vo. Published June 11, 2014
- Fredrickson, Allyson. (October 2015). Pay up! Long hours and Low Pay Leave Workers at a Loss. Alliance for a Just Society. The Job Economic Prosperity Series. Just spend 45 mins or so perusing this.
- Calculating a Household Budget, 2
**NO CLASS MONDAY 9/4/17**
Wednesday 9/6/17: Theorizing Poverty & the American Dream
- BB: Top-Down Economics and Bottom-Up Politics. (pp. 1-14). In Goldsmith, W., & Blakely, E. (2010). Separate societies: Poverty and inequality in US cities. Temple University Press.
- “Ever higher society, ever harder to ascend”. Meritocracy in America, The Economist, , December 29, 2004.
- Leonhardt, David. 2013. In climbing the Income ladder. NY Times, July 22
- James Surowiecki, “The Mobility Myth” The New Yorker, March 3, 2014.
- Radiolab Presents: On the Media: Busted, America’s Poverty Myths, An Interview with Brooke Gladstone. Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
- Bruenig, Matt 2014. Two Theories of Poverty. Demos.
- Bucheit, P. (2014, August 3). Three facts that poverty deniers don’t want to hear.3-facts-poverty-deniers-dont-want-hear.
- Debating Poverty, Part 1
- Reflection 1 Due 12midnight FRIDAY 9/8/17
Monday 9/11/17: Using Tech to teach and learn
- Today Professor Hackett will walk you through the technical and substantive aspects of posting to the course blog and collaborating via your Google Drive.
- Reflection 1 to be posted by 12midnight MONDAY 9/11/17
Wednesday 9/13/17: The Intersections of Economic Inequality
- Autor. 2010. “The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the U.S. Labor Market”. Center for American Progress. p1-15
- Hum, Tarry. 2011. “Persistent Polarization in the New York Workforce: New Findings of Labor Market Segmentation.” Regional Labor Re- view, Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy, Hofstra University, Spring-Summer, 13, –
- Pager, D., & Western, B. (December 9, 2005). Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the New York City Job Market. Report prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
- Kochhar, Rakesh, Paul Taylor, and Richard Fry. 2011. Wealth gaps rise to record highs between whites, blacks and Hispanics. Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center.
- Washington, Black’s economic gains wiped out in downtown, NBC News
- Kasperkevic, J. College-eduated women earn $8,000 less a year than men as gap widens. The Guardian, April 21, 2016
- Article on age and inequality forthcoming.
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 9/15/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 9/17/17, Topical Category: Economic Inequality
Monday 9/18/17: Poverty Debate Working Session
- Debating Poverty, Part 2
**NO CLASS WEDNESDAY 9/20/17**
- Assignment 2 Poverty Debate due 12midnight FRIDAY 9/22/17.
Monday 9/25/17 & Wednesday 9/27/17: Historical Development of Cities
- BB: Ross, Byron and Myron Levine. 2012. Urban Politics, Cities and Suburbs in a Global Age, Chapter 2. NYC: ME Sharpe.
- Freeman, Josh. 2014. If you can make it here.
- BB: Peter Eisinger 2000. The Politics of Bread and Circuses : Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review 2000 35: 316-333.
- Mtua, Angela. ‘Senator call Roosevelt Avenue ‘the new Times Square,’ pushes for liquor license ban” Qns, August 29, 2016.
- Rothstein, R. “The Making of Ferguson”. Economic Policy Institute. October 15, 2014
- BB: Josh Freeman. 2000. Working Class New York, “The Fiscal Crisis”, Chapter 15. New Press.
- Website: CUNY Digital Archive History
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 9/29/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 10/1/17, Topical Category: Historical Development of Cities
Wednesday 10/4/17: Globalization & Privatization of Risk and Well-being
- BB: Massey, D. S. 2008. “Globalization and Inequality: Explaining American Exceptionalism”. European Sociological Review. 25 (1): 9-23.
- Fortin, J. Ethiopia’s cheap labor attracts foreign firms, Equal Times, 10/2/2014
Wednesday 10/11/17 & Monday 10/16/17: Low wage work & Shifts in welfare
- BB: Edin, K. and H. Luke Shaefer. 2015. $2.00 a Day. Chapters 1-2.
- Kasperkevic, J. “The benefits cliff: when minimum wage increases backfire on the people in need.” The Guardian,July, 20, 2014.
- BB: Collins, J. (2008). The specter of slavery: Workfare and the economic citizenship of poor women. New landscapes of inequality: Neoliberalism and the erosion of democracy in America, 131-151.
- BB: Excerpt Chapter 1: Working Lives. in Newman, K. S. (2009). No shame in my game: The working poor in the inner city. Random House LLC. Read at least one story.
- Morath, E. “Get a Job? Most Welfare Recipients Already Have one.” Wall Street Journal Blog: Real Time Economics, April 13, 2015.
- Black, R. & Sprague, A. (2016). The ‘Welfare Queens’ is a Lie. The Atlantic.
- Sin, M. P. Government spends more on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than on Social Welfare programs, Think by Numbers,1
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 10/6/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 10/8/17, Topical Category: Globalization & Privatization OR Welfare & Low wage work
**NO CLASS MONDAY 10/9/17**
Wednesday 10/18/17: Midterm Review
Monday 10/23/17: Midterm
- Reflection 2 Due 12midnight Friday 10/27/17
- In-class film viewing.
Monday 10/30/17 Persisting Segregations
- BB: Boustan, Leah Platt. 2013. Racial Residential Segregation in American Cities, NBER Working Paper No. 19045.
- Listen to Episode 512: House Rules, This American Life, , November 22, 2013.
- Eligon, J. A Year after Ferguson, Housing Segregation defies tools to erase it.New York Times, August 8, 2015.
- Oh, Inae. 2014. Luxury Condo Will Have a New ‘Poor Door.’Huffington Post.
- Hannah-Jones, Nikole. 2012. Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law. Pro Publica
Wednesday 11/1/17: Gentrification & Segregation
READ 1 of the Following 3:
- Rotondaro, V. and Ewing, M. The Ins and Outs. Narratively, January 15, 2013.
- Adams, Micheal Henry. “The end of Black Harlem”. New York Times Sunday Review, May 27, 2016.
- Bontemps, Johnny. Southside Story”. Narratively, January 14, 2013.
- Grant, Benjamin. “What is Gentrification?” POV, PBS
- Knafo, Saki. “Is gentrification a human-rights violation?”The Atlantic, 2, 2015.
- Gates, M. To Prevent Worsening Inequality, Put Affluent Neighborhoods ON NYC Re-Zoning List. Metropolitics.eu, November 17, 2015.
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 11/3/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 11/5/17, Topical Category: Residential Segregation
Monday 11/6/17 & Wednesday 11/8/17: Unpacking the ‘Housing Issue’
- Greenberg, Michael. (August 17, 2017). Tenants Under Seige: Inside New York City’s Housing Crisis. The New York Review of Books.
- Blungart, Jake. (August 10, 2015). Affordable Housing’s Forever Solution. Next City.
- Navarro, M. “How do Rent-Burdened New Yorkers Cope?”New York Times, August 24, 2016
- Ruby Russel, Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality. The Guardian,June 1, 2015
- Housing New York: A Five-borough, Ten year plan. The City of New York, Mayor Bill De Blasio. Executive Summary and Introduction ONLY
- What is affordable housing? A guide developed by the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
- Madden and Marcuse. The Permanent Crisis of Housing. Jacobin, October 2, 2016. EXTRACT THE MAIN POINT
- BB: Meehan, J. (2014). Reinventing Real Estate: The Community Land Trust as a social invention in affordable housing. Journal of Applied Social Science, 8, 2, 113-133.
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 11/10/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 11/12/17, Topical Category: Housing Affordability
Monday 11/13/17 & Wednesday 11/15/17: Whose Public Space?
- The Pratt Center for Community Development 2012. Queens Triple Play: Willets West, Major League Soccer and The National Tennis Center. Brooklyn, NY: The Pratt Institute (September 21, 2012).
- Dawg. 2008. “Policing public space”. BLOG POST.
- BB: Davis, Mike. 1992 “Fortress LA”
- “No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in US Cities”. A Report by the National Coalition for the homeless. Pgs16-29, the section on the Criminalization of Homelessness
- Re-visit: BB: Peter Eisinger 2000. The Politics of Bread and Circuses : Building the City for the Visitor Class. Urban Affairs Review 2000 35: 316-333.
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 11/17/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 11/19/17, Topical Category: Public Space
Monday11/20/17 & Wednesday 11/22/17: Criminal Justice
- BB: Alexander, Michelle. 2010. The New Jim Crow, Chapter 1 (pp. 20-57).
- Greenberg, Michael. “’Broken Windows and the New York Police.” The New York Review of Books, November 6, 2014.
- Paddock, Barry and Sarah Ryley. 2014. Arrests for transit fare evasion surge in recent years, putting it amongst top city offenses leading to jail, Daily News, August 18.
- Ryley, Sarah, Laura Dareh Gregorian, 2014. Racial disparities in summons for minor violations in ‘broken windows’ New York Daily News. August 4.
- BB: Wacquant, Class, race and hyper-incarceration in revanchist America
- Vera Institute. 2014. Race and Prosecution in Manhattan.
- BB: Kahn, K. B. and Martin, K. D. (2016). Policing and race: Disparate Treatment, Perceptions and Policy responses. Social Issues and Policy Review, 10, 1 82-121.
- PODCAST: Cops see it differently, Part 1. Episode 547. This American Life. WEBZ Chicago.
- PODCAST: Cops see it differently, Part 2, Episode 548. This American Life. WEBZ Chicago.
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 11/24/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 11/26/17, Topical Category: Criminal Justice
Monday 11/27/17 & Wednesday 11/29/17: The Invisibility of the Immigration Issue
- BB: Kwong, Peter 2009. “What’s Wrong with the US Immigration Debate?” Fields, Jeff, and Ida Susser,eds. Rethinking America: the imperial homeland in the 21st century. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. Pp. 300-312.
- Economic Policy Institute. 2010. Immigration and Wages
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 12/1/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 12/3/17, Topical Category: Immigration Policy
Monday 12/4/17: Urban Futures
- Kolbert, Elizabeth. (2011). Enter the Anthropocene – Age of Man, National Geographic.
- McPhearson, T. The Rise of Resilience: Linking Resilience and Sustainability in City Planning. The Nature of Cities.
- Jaffe, E. “Bike-Share is (Still) Struggling to Reach Poor People Across North America.” CityLab, 24, 2014.
- Ross, T. and Solomon, D. “Flint Isn’t the Only Place with Racism in the Water.The Nation, 9, 2016.
- Copenhagen unveils first climate-change adapted neighborhood, From Al JazeeraAmerica, January 26, 2015, by Elisabeth Braw.
- Steinberg, T. Looking Backward into the Future of New York.ed, January 12, 2015
- Sustainability vs. Resilience: Why bouncing back is the way of the future.
- BLOGS DUE 12midnight FRIDAY 12/8/17, COMMENTS DUE 12noon SUNDAY 12/10/17, Topical Category: Environmental Justice
Wednesday 12/6/17: FINAL REVIEW SESSION
Monday 12/11/17: FINAL EXAM
- Reflection 3 due 12midnight Friday 12/20/17