AAST 294: 
Walk on the west side-Introduction to urban ethnography


Course Description

Explore urban phenomena, through weekly field trips to Chicago’s West Side, home to a vast African-American neighborhood, a vibrant and rapidly changing Puerto Rican neighborhood, a thriving white ethnic neighborhood, and historic monuments, such as the Garfield Park Conservatory and Humboldt Park, which draw people from all over the city and beyond. You will observe, in real life, the interaction of people with each other and their physical space, as well as how to convey your experiences in a meaningful way. 

The final project for this course may take the form of a written paper or a visual media project, appropriate to your major.

Topic will change for each semester. 

Course Information

May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Junior standing or consent of the instructor.


All themes:
Black Queer & Feminist Studies
Cultural Production & Analysis
Diasporic & Transnational Studies
Race, Politics & Institutions

When is it Offered?

Fall & Spring Semester