CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 004 Detroit Politics and Community Organization
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Lab Fee:
20
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

  • "How did Detroit get this way?"
  • "Why are the city and suburbs so divided?"
  • "What does it mean to revitalize Detroit?"
  • "Are sports stadiums and events the key to economic development?"
  • "Is gentrification a good or bad thing?"

These are some common questions that are frequently heard in relation to Detroit. Digging below the surface of popular discourse and disagreement, this course seeks to get at the roots of urban social, political and economic issues. It offers students an opportunity to gain an in-depth perspective on racism, poverty, political activism, and community organizing among diverse groups. First, we will study what historian Thomas Sugrue has called the “origins of the urban crisis.” We will examine the effects of deindustrialization and racism in the post-World War II era alongside the emergence of protest movements which sought to promote social justice. Second, we will study the divergent ways that city and suburban residents interpret the “urban crisis,” and we will critically analyze their responses. Third, we will probe the history of radicalism in Detroit and investigate the grassroots solutions to the “crisis” being enacted by community organizations.

Designed to link the study of Detroit’s past, present, and future, this interdisciplinary course should appeal to students in a variety of fields, including history, ethnic studies, urban studies, education, law, business, environmental justice and fine arts. Please note that our definition of politics will be broad. We will study how members of society with competing interests advance distinct visions of Detroit with a particular emphasis on how issues of race, class, and ecology shape positive and negative attitudes of the city. This is not a class that will focus only or primarily on politicians, elections, or public policy.

Class assignments will require you to make several or more trips to Detroit for self-guided tours based on directions the instructor will distribute to students. You will need to secure your own transportation.

IMPORTANT: Read this course description carefully before enrolling. If the class is full, you may sign up for the waiting list. The instructor and GSI will answer any questions about enrollment or course requirements on the first day of class. No overrides or waivers of any kind will be granted before the first day of class. All questions regarding satisfaction of distribution or concentration requirements should be directed to your proper academic counselor or department.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11037
Open
2
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Dealing with the Best and Doing Justice in Africa.
002 (SEM)
P
23660
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Race and Science Fiction
003 (SEM)
P
28179
Open
15
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 003: Meets with Ling 394
004 (LEC)
 
28671
Open
22
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 004: Meets with AC 301.005 and Hist 393
005 (DIS)
P
28672
Open
4
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 005: Meets with AC 301.006 and Hist
006 (DIS)
P
28673
Open
15
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 006: Meets with AC 301.007 and Hist
007 (DIS)
P
28674
Open
2
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 007: Meets with AC 301.008 and Hist
009 (SEM)
P
32962
Open
5
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Section 009: Meets with WS 342.
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