This course, which is currently open only to first-year Bonner and Day Scholars, offers an opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges and opportunities to Rhodes students doing engagement work in the city of Memphis.
An interdisciplinary approach to examining issues and institutions in American cities; neighborhoods, downtowns, suburbs, housing,poverty, environmental justice, nonprofits and city politics; discussion of urban public and social policies; field trips or service learningwill be used to do hands on analysis of urban issues.
This course examines the history of urbanization from a geographic perspective. This entails an analysis of the historical development of
cities and an investigation of the spatial theories utilized to understand the causes of urbanization and its impacts on everyday life. The
course begins with a discussion of key concepts such as industrialization, urban political-economy, suburbanization, and the ghetto/inner
city. The course then focuses on four inter-related urban processes: working in the city, governing the city, living in the city, and urban
This course focuses on public health principles and concepts. It will provide a framework for understanding public health’s role in community health, prevention, and medicine.
This course focuses on the production of health inequalities and the policy interventions proposed to reduce them, with an emphasis on
US cities and Memphis. The course begins by examining the concept of health and its key social determinants. The remainder of the
course focuses on applying these conceptual foundations to evaluate community health policies, including access to health care, obesity,
gun violence, and environmental health. It uses Memphis as a case study through which to understand many of the challenges of urban
This course focuses on helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to interact effectively in diverse cultural
contexts. Multiple pedagogical strategies are used to foster student growth including: (1) exposing students to interdisciplinary
scholarship that contextualizes the experiences of people from diverse cultural backgrounds, (2) requiring students to continually reflect
on how their own cultural identities have influenced their values, beliefs, and worldviews, and (3) providing multiple opportunities for
In the course, students will join the Mike Curb Institute for Music to explore and understand the richness and complexity of Memphis
through research and study, refection, and real-world experience. Theories and best practices of community integrative education will be
studied and applied to tangible projects though the unifying theme of music and community. Students will come to this class from
multiple backgrounds (Music, Film, Art, Urban Studies, History, English, Business, Computer Science, etc.) that will inform a variety of
Study of selected topics in urban studies. Varies with instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Critical Political Economy is the study of the entanglement of economic and political processes. This course examines these relationships as they intersect with cities. The course will use Marx and his interpreters to investigate how neoliberal capitalism is shaping urban life, and how cities are central to capitalist production. This course seeks to understand contemporary challenges such as urban poverty, segregation, violence and gentrification as expressions of contradictions within capitalism itself, rather than the outcome of exclusively individual (e.g.
Nonprofits have always performed an important role in the production and maintenance of healthy cities. From early settlement houses,
soup kitchens, garden clubs and dispensaries to present day community development organizations, charter schools, hospitals and afterschool
programs, nonprofits provide much of the social, political, and economic infrastructure that allow urban residents to live healthy
and productive lives. This course utilizes a political-economic perspective to examine the history of urban nonprofits in the United