Time:to complete and submit the mid-term. This is a hard deadline.
Format: The mid-term is typed and double spaced. Make sure to save it
as a word file and don’t forget to convert it to PDF before you submit
to avoid any formatting issues. The font is up to you, though Times
New Roman is advisable. No references, footnotes, or bibliography
Length: 1000 to 1500 words
Structure: Make sure your essay adheres to the conventions of academic
writing. In other words, your essay should consist of full and
well-thought-out body paragraphs as well as an introduction and a
conclusion. Make sure to answer the entire prompt in your essay and
to bring up specific examples from the readings, lectures, group
Mid-term is considered individual work. Feel free, however, to
consult your notes, lectures, books, videos, podcasts, readings, etc.
during the exam period.
Finally, you only have to answer one essay question/prompt of the two
options provided below. Only write one essay. It is up to you to
decide which question/prompt you want to focus on. Please indicate
clearly which question/prompt you are answering by starting your
response with its respective number. Good luck.
Segregation, or the process of separating different groups of urban
dwellers within a given city – be it by race, class, rank, ethnicity,
religion, fear, ideology, or other means – has a long history going
back to the ancient Babylonian cities. However, despite many
similarities across time and space, cities (and, therefore, the
residents of those cities) have had their own unique history and
experience with segregation. In your essay, select three to four
cities that we have explored during the semester and discuss the many
factors that have contributed to segregation in these places. Make
sure to examine ideological, social, political, legal, economic,
health, and racial factors as well as the design elements that have
shaped spatial segregation in these cities and how different groups of
residents have responded to segregation. Make sure to give specific
examples from the course.
FOUR CITIES AND MORE – New York City, Oklahoma City, Calcutta,
Baltimore City, Brasilia
During the semester, we have been examining cities as sites of tension
and contestation. Tension and contestation in urban spaces occur at
multiple scales and take on many different forms. In your essay,
discuss what is meant by the city as sites of tension and contestation
and explore how different (and often competing) narratives, interests,
ideologies, anxieties, and visions of the city shape urban life. How
are these competing narratives, interests, ideologies, anxieties, and
visions imposed and challenged in the city. Consider the lay out of
the city, the width of streets, public works projects, infrastructure,
benches, architecture, design, laws, ordinances, as well as monuments,
graffiti and tagging as sources of conflict and struggle in the city.
Make sure to give specific examples from the course.
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Discipline: Metropolitan Studies