RCSSCI 250 - Topics in Social Theory and Practice
Fall 2021, Section 003 - From the Underground to Motown: A Course on Detroit's History
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will explore the history of Detroit, focusing on its transformation during the twentieth century and continued evolution as a majority-black city. The course is intended to clarify how the city’s past has created the conditions and circumstances of the present. Potential topics and themes to be examined in the course include (but certainly are not limited to): the histories of indigenous peoples in the region before the founding of Detroit; practices of slavery and abolition; the persistence and impact of racial and ethnic conflicts across time periods; the ways in which class conflicts have shaped the urban landscape and the workplace; the Great Migration and the social and political development of Black communities; the impact of immigration on Detroit’s social and political development; profiles of specific neighborhoods; musical traditions such as Blues, Jazz, Motown, Techno, and Hip Hop; the interplay between the auto industry and the urban environment; the on-going struggles over political power and for control of the city; and the changing ways the city is represented, both among its citizens and in the broader American consciousness.


RCSSCI 250 - Topics in Social Theory and Practice
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
2RC Ugrd
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Class meets in Detroit; transportation provided.

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