Parks, Malls, Sidewalks and…the Internet? Public Spaces in America

Full Title: 
Public Spaces in America
Instructor: 
Jana Carp
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 2:00-3:15 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2009
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200

This course introduces students to issues of public space in contemporary American life. Public space is the “common ground” where individuals and communities carry out the routines of daily life, to celebrate together, and to advocate, protest, and mediate our differences. Traditional public spaces include streets, plazas, parks, stadiums, and malls. Yet some say that public space is changing as cyberspace becomes the new “virtual” public space that makes traditional public spaces irrelevant. We will use readings, photography, interviews, web-based research, site visits and class discussions to observe, analyze, and reflect on public space and public life.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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