Summer Course: Intro to Social Justice
LMC 2350 SS2/SLS
Dr. George Porter Thomas
3 Credits | Late Short Summer
Gentrification—the economic and cultural “revitalization” of American cities--has been, for better or worse, the defining feature of urban life in the twenty-first century. As late as the 1990s, the “inner city” was portrayed in journalism and popular culture as a decaying, crimeridden ghetto; now it is often seen as a booming, culturally vibrant, economically desirable playground for hipsters and creatives—at least those who can afford it. How did this happen? Is it good or bad?
Using Atlanta as a case study, this class will look at the economics, politics, and culture of gentrification, and explore ways we might make cities more diverse, sustainable, and inclusive.
Readings will include selections from urban theorists, city planners, activists, historians, and journalists. We will also study depictions of urban life from TV and cinema. Projects will include reports on urban subcultures, a class digital history map, and reform proposals.