Quirky and a little disheveled, but clearly passionate about the work he does, Prof Siener approaches urban studies from a geographical perspective.
Here's the overall view of the class:
Theory: reading foundational texts that let us examine cities from different perspectives
History: urbanization of the United States, specifically New York, in the 21st century [suburbanization, redlining, fiscal crisis, etc] understanding history as a process of change that has shaped the city into what it is today; Neo-liberal
Case Studies: homelessness and displacement, environmental justice; housing
- Identify and explain some of the primary political, economical, and social shifts that have taken place in New York City in the past 50 years
- Spatial analyses
- Describe the main structural aspects of 20th century urbanization