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Students are responsible to do the weekly readings in a timely manner and participate in class discussions. There will be a take-home midterm exam that will involve writing two short essays on city related matters that were discussed in class and in readings.
There will be three assignments in varying lengths. The first assignment is a mixed-media project and involves reading Italo Calvino’s Invisible cities, and representing it in visual/verbal (and even aural?) media. Second assignment is a short paper (5-6 pages) on “walking in the city” or the “waterfire Providence event” (choose one or the other) based on your own urban experiences (There is a waterfire event on September 10- see waterfire.org). In the second half of the semester, students will develop a research project in consultation with Ömür on an ancient Near Eastern city and its urban festive events. You will produce a final paper (10-12 pages for undergraduates and 12-15 pages for graduates) due at the end of the semester. All relevant deadlines are listed below and in the weekly schedule.
Grading will be based on: