1. Explore and analyze some of Chicago's vital urban neighborhood literature (short stories and novels).
  2. Explore and analyze an URBAN NOVEL, for example:
  3. Explore and analyze other URBAN FILMS, for example:
  4. Examine and analyze the materials for one of the supplementary units of this course:
  5. Examine the media presentation of a particular social group or urban issue. You may consider print, radio, television news, television sitcoms, film, documentary, photography, etc.
  6. Examine the media presentation of a non-U.S. city/cities. Consider the differences in global images of the urban.
  7. Examine the media presentation of the labor movement in Chicago (i.e. use archives to trace differing portrayals of the Haymarket Riots.)
  8. Examine the media presentation of Chicago-related events of the Civil Rights movement (i.e. Dr, King's Chicago March, etc.).
  9. Extend your research into the Chicago World's Fair and its presentation of the Urban.
  10. Prepare a critical essay on urban photography/the work of an urban photographer, for example: Vergara, The New American Ghetto
  11. Create a critical essay on an "urban" painter, for example: Edward Hopper, Kerry Marshall.
  12. Consider the historical relationship of radio to urban planning/policy: See esp. Michelle Hilmes, Radio Voices
  13. Research and analyze the ideologies found in the "ideal town" of Disney's Celebration.
  14. Extend your research into the many scholars considering the gendered nature of public space.
  15. Explore (research, interview community leaders, etc.) issues of Gentrification and Community in Chicago Neighborhoods such as Pilsen, Humboldt Park, West Town, etc.
  16. Study the unique patterns of urban religious practice in North America.  To see a range of possible topics, consult Robert Orsi, Ed., Gods of the City.
  17. Explore the issues of urban sprawl, white flight, or other themes connected to the movement of city folks to the suburbs. For starters, try Ray Suarez, The Old Neighborhood.
  18. You may develop any short paper topic from this semester into a full-length project.