Industrial Metropolis

Professor: 
Vitiello
School: 
SAS
Department: 
HIST
Course Code: 
209
Topic: 
Sustainability

Although we no longer think of most U.S. cities as industrial cities, metropolitan areas today are all products of industrial economies, technologies, and social systems. Through weekly readings, regular response papers, class discussions and exercises, a research paper using primary sources, and walking tours, this course explores the industrialization and deindustrialization of American cities within their evolving global context from the era of European colonization to the present. Themes include energy and ecology, labor and production, inner city and suburban development, globalization, and economic restructuring. Ultimately, the class aims to give students a broad knowledge of 1) the history of industrial capitalism, 2) its effects on cities and regions over the past three centuries, and 3) analytical tools for understanding the past, present, and future of metropolitan economies, geography, and society.

Requirements: 
History & Tradition Sector. All classes. Vitiello. Course is available to freshmen and sophomores