Social Experience of City Life and Urban Inequalities

This course will utilize psychological perspective, symbolic interaction, to understand urban dynamics. The course will focus on the study of the historical transformation of the city and the creation of social and psychological order in cities, an in-depth study of how the physical and social settings of cities influence health and behavior and how reciprocally urban behavior influences the physical and social settings. A considerable amount of time will analyze urban public behavior and its social psychological consequences in terms of how people conduct their daily routines with strangers, friends, relatives, and neighbors. Everyday interaction patterns of urbanites - pedestrian, transportation, shopping patterns, sports, parks, playgrounds, museums, etc. - will be analyzed. Moreover, attention will be turned to the study of urban communities and lifestyles of different social classes concerning urban inequality and social differences. The social and psychological consequence of living in the city is a major theme of concern for this course.