Advanced Research Seminar

PREREQUISITES: SCA-UA 101 OR SCA-UA 1 OR SCA-UA 230 OR CORE-UA 529 OR CORE-UA 539.

The affordable housing crisis went global in the last decade, generating mass displacement and homelessness. As we face a new wave of evictions and foreclosures, this crisis is becoming an emergency. How did housing become such a source of hardship and distress? This seminar looks into the history of housing policy, production and consumption. The emphasis will be on the US, but research in other countries is welcome. We will look at a variety of topics: the ideology and promotion of homeownership, the rise of the real estate industry and its record of racial segregation, public housing and the growth of tenants’ rights, the career of “the right to housing,” gentrification, the financialization of homes in the 21st century, and the advance of a “rentership society.” In parallel, we will examine the history of attitudes and policies towards the unhoused, charting the development of new paradigms in service delivery. Our reading and writing for this class will focus on interdisciplinary methods including archival and documentary research for historical investigations, interviews and observation for ethnographic studies, and textual, visual and media interpretation for cultural analysis. Introductory courses for major. Open to seniors majoring in all 7 SCA majors. For access codes, email PA73@nyu.edu AFTER departmental advising. Counts for Africana, American, Asian/Pacific/American, Gender & Sexuality, Latino, Metropolitan, and SCA majors.

Students write a 20-25 page research paper with a focus on a specific research method. Topics vary by semester; see Albert notes for details.

Term

Section

Instructor

Schedule

Location

Spring 2022

1
Andrew Ross
W: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM 20CS 4CONF
1
Lisa Duggan
T: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM 20CS 4SEM

Fall 2022

1
Emmaia Gelman
T: 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM; T: 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM 20CS 4CONF