Critical Issues in Urban Studies
This course will provide an orientation to the critical issues that confront those who work or live in an urban context. Many of these issues arise from “sick systems,” that is, improperly operating human interactive networks through which the life of the city is carried out: political, justice (including crime and judicial reform), housing, education, health care (including topics in mental illness and chemical dependency), economic, and immigration. Specific challenges such as individual and corporate racism, family fragmentation, gangs, HIV/AIDS and others will be addressed as they relate to each of these systems. Particular attention will be paid to research methodology, global trends, and the application of holistic theology.