Urban Field Experience: Summer 2017

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New York City:  Icon of American Urbanism

Few American cities capture the imagination like New York. While perhaps best known for pushing the limits of fashion, finance, and real estate, the city’s rich history envelops virtually all of American urbanism’s most pressing themes: immigration, industrial transition, suburbanization, gentrification, segregation, affordable housing, security, green urbanism, transportation, etc. This course uses New York as a case study for understanding modern American urbanism. Students will share time between Tacoma and New York as they explore industrial and residential transformations through a focus on gentrification, immigration, race, the built environment, and urban community.

The class will be divided into two phases (tentative dates):

•    Phase 1:  June 19-30, 2017: Providing a foundation and background for understanding the context of New York City, will take place in the classroom in Tacoma.
•    Phase 2:  July 6-July 15, 2017: Ten-day excursion to New York City where students will participate in field excursions, tours, and guest lectures connected to various themes of American urbanism in evidence in the city.

Expected field excursions and themes include:

    •    Immigration and residential patterns: Queens, Brooklyn
    •    Industrial transition and gentrification: Manhattan, Brooklyn
    •    Urban Environmentalism: parks, gardens, and green spaces throughout the city
    •    Community organizing and social change: various groups and locations throughout the city

This class offers 5-7 credits during Summer A term.  In most cases, credits earned can be applied toward degree requirements for the Urban Studies or Sustainable Urban Development major.  All students interested in this course should consult with your academic advisor to determine how this course will be counted toward degree and/or graduation requirements. 

Program cost information includes program fees, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Program fees below are estimated and can be adjusted at any time. Once accepted, you will receive a cost sheet that includes confirmed course fee and additional out-of-pocket expenses. The course fee is a fixed cost that includes housing, course materials, administrative costs, local excursions, daily public transportation, and program receptions. 

Academic Fees

Course Fee: $900
Resident Tuition:

$1,806 (5 cr.)

$2,167 (6 cr.)
$2,528 (7 cr.)

Non Resident Tuition:

$5,813 (5 cr.)

$6,975 (6 cr.)
$8,137 (7 cr.)

View detailed tuition charges.

*Tuition will vary depending on total credit hours registered.  Undergraduate resident tution for 10-18 credits is $3,546 and $11,559 for non-residents.

Estimated Additional Expenses

Airfare:  $600
Food:  $40/day (10 days)
Personal/Miscellaneous: $250
Total estimated additional expenses: $1,250

Personal miscellaneous estimates include daily living expenses, spending money, reasonable travel, and pre-departure costs. Sources of available funding for include grants and loans. Contact the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid for funding options.

Total Estimated Cost

Residents:  $3,956 (5 cr.)
Residents:  $4,317 (6 cr.)
Residents:  $4,678 (7 cr.)
Non-Resident:  $7,963 (5 cr.)
Non-Resident: $9,125 (6 cr.)
Non-Resident:  $10,287 (7 cr.)

How to Apply
To apply, submit your responses to the below questions, along with an unofficial copy of your transcript to Anthony Falit-Baimonte (afb@uw.edu) via email or by hard copy to the Urban Studies Program office located on the 3rd floor of the Pinkerton Building.  

Application deadline:  February 27, 2017

  1. Please explain your interest in participating in the course New York: Icon of American Urbanism
  2. Please list the courses courses you have taken at UW Tacoma.
  3. Please discuss one idea/concept/author/reading from one of your courses that you have found especially interesting and/or important to your intellectual development.
  4. Field experience courses are unique in that students and faculty travel and spend time together as a group beyond the traditional classroom. Please discuss why you believe you are well suited for this type of experience and how you would expect to contribute to a positive and productive group dynamic.

Questions about this course?
Faculty: Mark Pendras (pendras@uw.edu) and Anthony Falit-Baiamonte (afb@uw.edu)
Urban Studies Program Advisor:  Sarah Young (scutting@uw.edu)