For Tuesday, 12/18 (SOC 227)

December 11, 2018

Several of you talked about bringing in food and drink for our last evening together, so this could shape up quite nicely — at any rate, I’d rather have you all do your Student Evaluations of Teaching and Learning (SETL) on full stomachs than when you’re hangry. Update: the SETL deadline is tomorrow evening, so please take a few minutes to do those evaluations now!

Speaking of surveys, it’d be great if you have a moment to fill out this survey as well; as Lehman pursues its goal of Zero Textbook Cost courses, it would be helpful to get your feedback on this effort.

And now, on to our final agenda of the semester…

Prep

  • Hammond & Cheney (2016), ‘Families and Aging’
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I, Scene 1

In Class

  • Discussion: Divorce
  • Missing Assignments
  • BREAK
  • Video: King Lear, Act I, Scene 1
  • Discussion: Families in Later Life
  • Concluding Thoughts

For Next Time

  • Due: Final Exam (Date TBA)
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For Tuesday, 12/18 (SOC 1102)

December 11, 2018

Prep

The Gladwell essay is the main reading for Tuesday. Please make sure you at least skim the other stuff, however.

In Class

  • Pecha Kucha: Jeannette on Benjamin Schwarz, ‘Gentrification and Its Discontents’, The Atlantic (2010)
  • Pecha Kucha: Shawn on Velsey (2018)
  • Missing Assignments
  • Pecha Kucha: Brianna & Nadia on Jacobs (1961)
  • Pecha Kucha: ???? on Gladwell (2000)
    • Elijah, did you volunteer for this one?

For Next Time

Advice-Centered Peer Review Exercise

December 10, 2018

I have randomly paired you up with someone else in the class (the group assignments are on Blackboard). During our little writers’ workshop, we will proceed as follows:

  1. You and your partner will work with the next-highest group to you in number: for instance, the pair forming Group 1 will work with the pair forming Group 2, Group 3 will work with Group 4, and so on.
  2. Each pair will exchange drafts of their midterms with the other pair (don’t forget to bring a hard copy of your exam to class!!!).
  3. You and your partner will collaborate to compose a jointly written review of the two drafts you’ve received. Each student needs to print out one copy of this grading rubric; you will write up your joint review on the rubric, using its criteria (but annotate freely on their drafts as well).
  4. In summing up your review, please do the following:
    1. Write out at least two things that you think are particularly strong about this draft.
    2. Identify two or three aspects of the draft that are currently weak, problematic, or ineffective.
    3. Make two or three directive statements recommending the most important changes that the writer should make in the next draft.
  5. When you’re finished, return the drafts to the original writers, along with their reviews. If there’s time, you can even meet with the other pair to discuss their reviews in more detail.

 

REFERENCES

Bean, John.Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, 2nd Ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. This is the source of this particular exercise; see p. 298.

For Saturday, 12/15 (SOC 1102 CN)

December 8, 2018

Please make sure to print out a hard copy of the latest draft of your midterm and bring it to class this Saturday. More detailed instructions to come shortly.

Prep

In Class

  • PK: Abby & Valeria on Daune (2001)
  • Missing Assignments
  • BREAK
  • PK: Marcela on Schwarz (2010)
  • Writing Workshop

For Next Time

For Tuesday, 12/11 (SOC 1102)

December 7, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Pecha Kucha: Wilbert on Duany (2001)
  • Pecha Kucha: Keiron on Duany (2001)

We appear to be double-booked on this one. I’m not sure if this is my fault or one of the double-bookers, but we’ll work it out in class.

  • Pecha Kucha: Jeannette on Schwarz (2010)
  • Course Evaluations

For Tuesday, 12/18

For Thursday, 12/20 (Last Day of Class)

For Tuesday, 12/11 (SOC 227)

December 4, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Writing Workshop/Review for FinalThe current plan is to pair you up at random, have you bring in hard copies of your midterms, and then have you help each other revise in a structured way. More details shortly.
  • BREAK
  • Discussion: After the Happily Ever After

For Next Time

  • Hammond & Cheney (2016), ‘Families and Aging’
  • William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act I, Scene 1

For Thursday, 12/6 (SOC 1102)

December 4, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Review for Final Exam
  • Gentrification and Its Discontents, cont’d

For Next Time

  • Andres Duany, ‘Three Cheers for Gentrification’, American Enterprise Magazine Vol. 12, Issue 3 (April/May 2001), pp. 40-42
  • Benjamin Schwarz, ‘Gentrification and Its Discontents’, The Atlantic (2010)

For Saturday, 12/8 (SOC 1102 CN)

December 1, 2018

Slight change of plans: This week we’ll look at the critiques of gentrification; the week after, we’ll consider defences of it.

Prep

In Class

  • Missing Assignments
  • Video: A Few Scenes from Citizen Jane
    • Pruitt-Igoe
    • The Lower Manhattan Expressway
  • Q&A: Gentrification, circa 1964
  • BREAK
  • Q&A: Does the Original Definition Still Work?

For Next Time

For Tuesday, 12/4 (SOC 1102)

November 30, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Loose Ends: Moses v. Jacobs
  • Jane’s Block:
    • ‘Eyes on the Street’ and ‘Broken Windows’ theory
    • Jacobs’ Vision of Urbanity
    • Preservation vs. Affordable Housing?
    • Jane Jacobs, Gentrifier? (See, e.g., Benjamin Schwarz, ‘Gentrification and the City’, The Atlantic [2010])
  • Review of the Midterm
  • Keywords: Gentrification

For Next Time

For Thursday, 11/29 (SOC 1102)

November 27, 2018

We didn’t really get into Robert Caro’s profile of NYC’s master planner Robert Moses, so we’ll cover a few points there; try to review this reading before class. But your main focus should be the Jane Jacobs essay. (Reminder: Both the Caro and Jacobs essays are open for pecha kuchas tomorrow. If you want to do one, let me know ASAP!)

Less than half the class was in the room before the start of class. Let me emphasise that punctuality is a prerequisite for good class participation — be on time!

Prep

In Class

  • Discussion: The Urban Planning Fight of the Century
  • Review of the Midterm
    • (We’ll begin with this on Tuesday if we run out of time.)

For Next Time

  • TBA