• Length:
    2 Weeks
  • Effort:
    2–4 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Institution
  • Subject:
  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcripts:
    English, Français

About this course

Exactly where people live in cities - neighborhoods, blocks, even specific buildings - is no accident. We argue that it is a result of deliberate decisions that mark who we imagine as belonging (or not) in our cities. 

This course is a two-week conversation about perceptions of "belonging," and how they affect our cities and communities. We'll speak with researchers and residents. We'll explore film, television, photography that show representations of belonging and marginalization in the Historic West End of Charlotte and in the banlieues on the outskirts of Paris. The course will create opportunities for you to learn about your neighborhood and your city.

As a way to explore the role of language in belonging, we will be offering different parts of the course in English and in French (providing translations).

What you'll learn

  • How to recognize markers of belonging and marginalization
  • Ways to interpret representations of belonging and marginalization
  • Broad histories of housing in the U.S. and in France
  • Methods of uncovering histories of housing in your own city
  • How to take action to #createbelonging in your own communities

Meet your instructors

Joseph Ewoodzie
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Davidson College
Caroline Fache
Associate Professor of Africana Studies and French and Francophone Studies
Davidson College

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