This course is designed to familiarize students with central ideas and debates in the field of Urban Studies. Students will do close readings of classic critical texts and will write response papers of varying types and lengths. In this process of reading and responding, students will advance their understanding of the literature and will enhance their analytic skills. As they “write across texts”—analyzing differing concepts, theories, and arguments—they will identify and evaluate various research methods used by scholars in the field. In this writing-intensive course, students will also hone their ability to develop reasoned, defensible arguments about critical questions related to a range of urban topics, including the effects of globalization and immigration on the contemporary city and its workforce. Students will make class presentations and critique one-another’s work, including periodic drafts of a final research paper.