May 22, 2015

Literature and Science, Writing-to-Learn Colloquium, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Urban sociology is concerned with the origin, development and evolution of cities as well as with the description and comparison of urban life and cultures. In this colloquium I presented a new method for teaching urban sociology. Student groups were assigned a neighborhood park and asked to research its history, culture, environment, demographics, recreation/leisure, arts/culture, and transportation, with a focus on urban design and contemporary use of urban space. They developed a profile of the park and practiced writing about a public space.