***This is also counted as a political science class under the Barnard Political Science curriculum fyi.
This class was great. I learned a lot about urban theory, policy and practice. There is a lot of reading, but you don't have to read all of it because she goes through the readings in her lecture.There's no participation, it's mostly Prof. Johnson talking. Of course you can input questions or thoughts, but she covers pretty much everything. You start off learning about prominent urban theorists (The Chicago School), brief history of urban development in the U.S. and you also focus on suburban development. Additionally, you address multiple regions in the U.S. and look at different patters of cause and effect of urban/suburban development. All of this is to prepare you for your final project at the end of the semester and ensure you have great background knowledge to help ground your urban studies degree tract. It can be a bit boring at times, but for the most part, it's eye opening.