This course will introduce students to the topic of cities and urban life. Over 80% of the United States’ population lives in cities or their suburbs, and over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Cities are more than their physical components of housing, offices, and roads. Cities have been the building blocks of civilization for millennia, and even life in rural areas is impacted by cities’ culture and economies. Studying cities and urban life is important to understanding how human societies have developed, how our households live and function, how our economies grow and innovate, how our culture develops and influences, and an array of other topics including social opportunity, inequality, and political movements.

This course is for undergraduate students of all levels.